Epic tractor challenge

The Pyrénées to the Peak District in a 1957 Renault tractor, not a challenge you hear every day, but one that John Elliot and his wife Kathy undertook to raise money in memory of their friend who died of MND. The journey from Lourdes to Buxton is around 1,500 kilometres and with an average speed of 17kph it took two weeks to complete.

John said: “It took several months to get the tractor road worthy for the trip, everyone has said I’m a bit mad! The idea has been brewing for some time, and I had said to my older brother, who lives in Derbyshire, that I would let him see the tractor one day. After the death of our friend from MND, I was prompted to act and set about making the journey happen.”

John’s friend Charles Getliffe, whose wife Emma died of MND, said about the challenge: “It’s an incredible journey that John and Kathy took on and I am so thankful for their support in raising money to help find a cure for MND. I was extremely proud to send them off on their journey from my house surrounded by fellow supporters.”

Linda Allen, Director of Fundraising for the MND Association said: “Today in the UK, six people will hear the news that they have MND. In that instant, their world – and the world of their loved ones - is shattered. Without support like this from John and Kathy the MND Association simply would not be able to fund research to find a cure, campaign and raise awareness of MND and provide its vital support services. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”

The challenge saw John and Kathy raise more than £1,000 in memory of their friend.

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