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Couple pedal 200 laps in toy tractor to keep charity tradition alive

PUBLISHED: 15:27 11 July 2020 | UPDATED: 15:27 11 July 2020

Mark and Meryl Raines, from Harleston, kept the tradition of the Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run alive by pedalling a toy tractor around their patio. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl Raines

Mark and Meryl Raines, from Harleston, kept the tradition of the Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run alive by pedalling a toy tractor around their patio. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl Raines

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A tradition which sees a convoy of tractors trundle along country roads for charity has been kept alive by a Norfolk couple.

Meryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl RainesMeryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl Raines

Mark and Meryl Raines, from Harleston, decided to create their own version of the Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run, cancelled this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual event usually sees more than 100 pink vehicles travelling through south Norfolk, all in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Appeal.

Meryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl RainesMeryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl Raines

In its absence, Mr and Mrs Raines decorated their two-year-old son Cameron’s toy John Deere tractor, before each pedalling 100 laps around their patio on July 5 and raising £1,035.

Mrs Raines, who has taken part in the tractor run for several years, said: “Mark initially suggested it as a joke, but the night before I thought ‘let’s actually do it.’

Meryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl RainesMeryl Raines and her daughter Niamh, from Harleston, during a previous Pink Ladies Tractor Road Run. Picture: Courtesy of Meryl Raines

“It was all light-hearted and only meant to be a bit of a laugh, with a serious message behind it to raise awareness.

“We got all dressed up, created a fundraising page and did a Facebook live - and the donations just kept flooding in.”


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