Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club road run and rally raise £1,000 for RSABI

Members of the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club making a cheque presentation to the RSABI
Members of the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club making a cheque presentation to the RSABI
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Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club (AVTMC) have generously donated £1000 to RSABI following their harvest road run and annual rally.

The road run event, which was held on 16 August, was hosted by kind permission of Dumfries House, Cumnock, and saw 59 tractors travel 30 miles through Skares, Sinclairston, Hayhill, Commonhead, Enterkine Estate, Stair, Ochiltree and back to Dumfries House.

“On behalf of RSABI, I would like to thank the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club enormously for their generous contribution to RSABI. The charity is expanding significantly with regard to the number of people we help.”

Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive

The road run raised £500, and a further £500 was donated by AVTMC, which holds its annual rally at Whitefordhill, Ayr, by the good grace of Mr Jim Craig of Craig Wilson Ltd on the proviso that the club donate £500 to charity.

Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive said: “On behalf of RSABI, I would like to thank the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club enormously for their generous contribution to RSABI. The charity is expanding significantly with regard to the number of people we help.

“From farmers and crofters to foresters, fish-farmers and estate workers, RSABI supports thousands of people across rural Scotland each year, whether they are still working, retired or dependant on someone who has worked on the land.

“2015 will be remembered for its cruel weather and poor prices, and many people are finding they need RSABI for financial help and emotional support.”

Russell McNab of the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club said: “This year’s Harvest Road Run and Annual Rally were both tremendous events. Our members take great pride in restoring and maintaining these wonderful pieces of machinery, and although the tractors have already visited Dumfries House twice in recent years, the opportunity to drive through the Estate once again was a very special one.

“The harvest road run held particular personal significance for my wife and me, as I began my farming career as a tractor driver at Dumfries House just after we were married. In recent years, I have once again been able to visit the Estate and it pleases me greatly to be able to return there and see the changes that have been made. I am so pleased that Prince Charles has done so much for the Estate and the surrounding district.

“Because this has been an especially difficult year for farmers, it is very important for everyone to be able to get together from time to time, and do something enjoyable like the Road Run. The fact that we were able to raise money at the same time for such an important cause as RSABI makes it even more worthwhile.”