Livingstone Tractor Run clocks up a staggering £54,000 for charities

Back row - Francie Lappin, Harper Doupe, Joy Price, Stanley Livingstone, Lorraine Livingstone, Randal Livingstone, David Livingstone,, Roberta Livingstone, Barry Lappin.Front row - Jack Livingstone, Myrtle Pogue (SAHS), Neville Pogue (SAHS), Ben Sergeant, Cedric Livingstone, Jenny Irwin (Children's Hospice) and Jim Irwin (Children's Hospice).
Back row - Francie Lappin, Harper Doupe, Joy Price, Stanley Livingstone, Lorraine Livingstone, Randal Livingstone, David Livingstone,, Roberta Livingstone, Barry Lappin.Front row - Jack Livingstone, Myrtle Pogue (SAHS), Neville Pogue (SAHS), Ben Sergeant, Cedric Livingstone, Jenny Irwin (Children's Hospice) and Jim Irwin (Children's Hospice).

It has been another brilliant year for the Livingstone Tractor Run raising over £54,000 for two local cancer charities.

This Livingstone tractor run is in its seventh year, raising a total over £300,000 for both the Southern Area Hospice and NI Children’s Hospice.

The Livingstone family from Armagh and supporters, along with Ben Sergeant, presented the proceeds of £27,012 to Jenny and Jim Irwin for the Children’s Hospice and £27,012 to Myrtle and Neville Pogue for the Southern Area Hospice.

The Livingstone Christmas Tractor Run took place in December with a record number of tractors attending. The Tractor Run was supported by Ben Sergeant of Ben Sergeant Tractors in Portadown.

Tractors, their owners and admirers eagerly queued up to register and take part in the event. There was a fantastic display of tractors on display with many arriving from early morning to the Armagh Business Park (ABP). Hundreds of tractors were on display as they parked up to enjoy some refreshments before the tractor run departed.

The sea of tractors departed from ABP and made their way to Markethill, Hamiltonsbawn, Richhill and Armagh before returning to the start for a BBQ, refreshments, entertainment, auction and raffle. With collections taking part in all towns, thanks to all who helped collect in the towns, not forgetting the many marshals under the direction of Francie and Barry Lappin.

The Livingstones said: “It is fantastic to bring the total raised to over £300,000 with the total raised from the event started in 2012, we never thought this would be possible. The event receives great support from the many volunteers and helpers who attend meetings, steward, collect, cook and help us in so many ways not just on the day, but at the many meetings in events – we thank them for their continued support – without them it would not be possible.”

The family also thanks the local companies who provided sponsorship or donations towards the events. The final few Tractor Run DVD are available at £10 from any of the Livingstone family directly or through the official Facebook page WaLivingstoneSons.