Much-loved John Deere raises £40,500 for very deserving causes
A much-loved John Deere 1020 tractor has been raffled, raising a staggering £40,500 for good causes.
Last Friday night, the family of the late Francis Sloan presented a cheque in the sum of £20,250 to the Southern Area Hospice, and a second cheque for £20,250 to Life and Time.
Mr Sloan, from Warrenpoint, was a treasurer of Rostrevor and District Vintage Club and had asked his family, along with the club, to organise the raffle.
He also selected the two charities that he wanted to benefit from the raffle.
Mr Sloan came across the ‘wee’ tractor during a trip to Spain and, after getting it transported home, he delighted in taking it along to the vintage shows.
His family met with members of the vintage club at the Kilbroney Bar in Rostrevor last week, where they presented the cheques to Lizzie McCullough, fundraising officer from the Southern Area Hospice, and Connie Connolly (nursing manager) and John McGinn (director) from Life and Time.
Mr Sloan would be very proud of the amount raised and it is testimony to his generosity.
His family and Rostrevor and District Vintage Club would like to thank all those who supported this event in any way.
They would also like to wish the winner of the tractor, Mr Paul McCulla from Kilkeel, all the very best with it.