Retired Stanningfield farmer’s plough-in and 755 mile journey raises funds for Cancer Research UK

Stanningfield, Suffolk. Barry Colson held a vintage tractor run earlier this year from Fort William to Bury in aid of Cancer Research UK and The Donkey Sanctuary. He also held a ploughing match  to boost funds in Stanningfield. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-161113-203446009
Stanningfield, Suffolk. Barry Colson held a vintage tractor run earlier this year from Fort William to Bury in aid of Cancer Research UK and The Donkey Sanctuary. He also held a ploughing match to boost funds in Stanningfield. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE ANL-161113-203446009
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A retired farmer who travelled 755 miles down the length of Britain has raised just under £8,000 for charity.

Barry Colson, 72, completed his marathon journey in the slow lane on a vintage tractor travelling at 12 miles an hour. The vintage 1952 TEF 20 Ferguson tractor named Naomi attracted plenty of attention and donations en route

And despite unpleasant weather on Sunday Barry from Stone Farm, Stanningfield and three others ploughed five acres as part of the fund-raiser.

Barry has donated £5,630 to Cancer Research UK and a further £2,000 to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth which cares for sick and injured donkeys.

His fund-raising marathon came about when he was offered the tractor from a friend of his daughter who had moved from Thurston to Fort William.

Barry decided to bring the tractor down under its own steam and with back up from wife Dicke he travelled B roads and arrived at Bury St Edmunds town centre on May 21.

During his journey people signed Naomi’s bonnet and donated funds and he continued his money raising at tractor rallies and the Suffolk Show.

The ploughing match at Stone Farm was between similar Ferguson tractors but due to poor weather only three others made the event, Pat Baker from Hawstead, John Warnes from Lawshall and Jeff Holland from Stanningfield.

Barry said: “The origiunal idea was to do the run back from Fort William and then sell the tractor but I couldn’t sell it. I’d been sitting on there for nine days. Travelling at 12 miles an hour I was able to see all the wildlife and the weather was great.”

While Barry retired from farming in 2000 he still works. “I put in more hours in the day. I just love my work,” he said.