Fane Valley Organise Charity Tractor Run
28th August 2018

Fane Valley Stores in Ballymena recently held a charity tractor run with the support of local customers and farmers for their designated charity partner CLIC Sargent.

Staff from the Ballymena division of Fane Valley Stores organised a tractor run on Saturday 25th August with all proceeds going towards CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. CLIC Sargant is very close to Fane Valley’s heart, due to the tragic loss of their colleagues 19year old son after a battle with cancer.

A large number of tractors both old and new congregated at the Ballymena Mart site and after a hearty breakfast set off in convoy in support of the charity. The support towards the tractor run came from all ages of the community and was enjoyed by all. Donations are still coming in and if you missed the tractor run and want to contribute just pop into the Ballymena store before the end of the week.

Tractor run organiser Seamus Mullan from Fane Valley Stores said: “I would like to thank all those who came out to take part and support our charity tractor run and especially for their generous donations. Thanks also go to all the local businesses who kindly provided raffle prizes and a special thanks to the ladies in the Mart Canteen who made sure everyone was well fed before heading off.”

Seamus continued: “We were very moved to try and help CLIC Sargent when we heard of the tremendous support demonstrated to one of our colleagues at his time of suffering and loss. We all felt we needed to try and give something back. Across all our 16 store locations we will be hosting a variety of fundraising activities to try and raise as much as we can for this very worthy charity.”

Attending the tractor run Gareth McElduff from CLIC Sargent commented: A massive thank you to Seamus and all at Fane Valley Stores Ballymena branch for all their hard work on organising their fantastic Tractor Run and prize draw. It was a great event with the theme highlighting perfectly our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month messaging of the cost of travel and the additional strain it puts on families finances.  Dealing with cancer is tough enough without money worries. Cancer costs young cancer patients and their families £600 in additional costs every month. £180 of that goes on their cancer commute, a 60mile round trip on average in the UK (95 here in NI) travelling to and from hospital for treatment. This September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re challenging government to create a travel fund for young cancer patients, so they don’t have to worry about mounting costs caused by the cancer commute. Join Team Young Lives and sign our petition today through the CLIC Sargent Website."