Stanningfield farmer, 72, to take on 700 miles on tractor in aid of charity

CHARITY: Dave Dawson, from Cancer Research UK; Barry Colson and his wife Dicke with a tractor similar to the one he will be riding
CHARITY: Dave Dawson, from Cancer Research UK; Barry Colson and his wife Dicke with a tractor similar to the one he will be riding
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A 72-year-old farmer is take the ‘slow road home’ as he embarks on a 700 mile journey for charity at 12 miles an hour on a vintage tractor.

Barry Colson, of Stone Farm, Stanningfield, will embark on the challenge from Fort William in Scotland to his home over about 10 days from May 13.

He decided to attempt the challenge after he was offered a 1952 TEF 20 Ferguson tractor from friends of his daughter who moved from Thurston to Fort William.

He aims to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and The Donkey Sanctuary, which will use the money to help a new hospital in Sidmouth especially designed for sick and injured donkeys.

Mr Colson said: “I’ve never done anything like this before in my life and thought I would give it a go. I’m actually really looking forward to it.

“We will be zig zagging our way down - avoiding motorways and sticking to B roads.

“It’s going to be a slow road home as they say.”

He hopes to arrive in Bury town centre on May 21 for a spot of fund-raising with collection buckets. He aims to keep raising money throughout the year for the two charities and will take the tractor to several agricultural rallies before auctioning the vehicle off.

David Dawson, committee member of Bury St Edmunds Action Group for Cancer Research UK, will join Mr Colson for the start of tbe tractor run.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Barry has decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. He has been doing lots of preparation and planning and we’re sure he’s going to have an amazing experience.”

To sponsor him for Cancer Research, visit www.justgiving.com/vintagetractorrun or www.justgiving.com/Barry-Colson for the Donkey Sanctuary