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Farmers help helicopter heroes

Farmers help helicopter heroes

Published at 5:56pm 13th July 2017. (Updated at 9:50pm 13th July 2017)

Knaresborough Young Farmers have handed over more than £8,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

They presented a cheque to the charity at the Great Yorkshire Show after organising various fundraising events.

One of them was a tractor run in memory of 24-year-old Michael Spink who died in an accident in New Zealand.

He had been a member of Knaresborough Young Farmers since the age of 10 and established a close group of friends there.

Over the years, they have raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by organising tractor runs and charging people to take part.

Michael's mum, Jane, said: "Mike supported Yorkshire Air Ambulance because he was very aware that working on a farm you are very isolated and vulnerable. We know so many people who have had the air ambulance out to them. We did a collection at Mike's funeral where over 400 people attended and helped raise over £2,500 for them as well.

"Mike's friends from the Knaresborough Young Farmers have been incredible. They couldn't do enough for us. In March, they organised the tractor run and we stood at the Pateley Bridge Showground and saw them all coming in their tractors, we saw all the flashing beacons and that was very emotional. It was an amazing day. We have had nothing but kindness shown to us from them."

Helen Callear, Regional Fundraising Manager for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, added: "It's staggering. I cannot tell you how surprised I was when I was told the amount that they'd managed to raise. It was absolutely fantastic.

"That's almost enough to account for about three to four rescues, so when you think about those people in need, and then all the families that are affected, that's a lot of people that could be helped by this money that the Knaresborough Young Farmers have kindly raised for us."

They are organising another tractor run in March next year.