Fund-raisers plough on to huge total

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A NORTH-east charity received a welcome boost after fund-raisers more than doubled their target amount in a marathon cross-country tractor ride that ended in Whitby.

Volunteers Robert Kearton and Robert Morrell smashed their original fund-raising target of £1,000 and offered Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) a huge £2,009 cheque.

The pair decided to spend three days traversing the width of the country on two vintage tractors in order to raise money for the charity which specialises in the personal and social development of young people through ocean sailing.

Steve Lennon, general manager of OYT North, said: “The lads set themselves a really ambitious challenge and we were all really touched by their willingness to do something that required so much effort and determination.

To have raised £1,000 would have been a huge achievement, but the pair are so well-liked and worked so hard to raise the money that people were happy to dig a little deeper to boost their efforts and it has completely surpassed everyone’s expectations.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the two lads and everyone who donated money for the cause.”

The money rased will be used to support a group of young people from the north of England on a development programme to improve their prospects and give them a chance to take control of their own futures.