A group of students has completed a 2,000 mile charity drive from Dover via Lands End to John O’Groats in a Ferguson TE20 tractor dating from the late 1940s.
With sponsorship from Massey Ferguson in the form of drivers’ kits and fuel, the Grey Fergie Challenge saw six friends from Harper Adams University College make the trip to help raise funds for Help for Heroes. Their target is to raise £5,000.
Despite many challenges along the way, poor weather and long hours without sleep, they made the journey in the just two weeks.
Team leader, 19-year-old Sean Nixon commented: “Three of us own Massey Ferguson tractors and we felt that the a little Grey Fergie was an iconic model to undertake the trip.”
“The challenge was definitely a test of mental strength and mechanical ability,” he says. “We would like to thank all those who have donated and all those who supported us and helped us along the way. The website and charity link are still open for anyone who would like to make a donation and help us reach our target.”
For more information visit www.grey-fergie.co.uk
Created in response to a report on the current status of soil and water management, the Centre, based at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in the English Midlands, aims to provide ‘sustainable improvements’ in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.
Challenger has committed to backing the Centre for three years and will be involved in knowledge transfer days, ongoing research and extensive educational programmes for farmers and agronomists.
“Challenger’s mission statement: ‘Your Soil, Our Territory’ fits particularly well with the project,” explained Martin Hamer, Challenger Manager National Sales, UK. “Our tracked machines are already helping farmers to look after their most valuable resource – the land.”
The Institute began educating agricultural students 100 years ago in 1912 and is now a modern Agricultural Upper Secondary School.
The tractors provided by Massey Ferguson will continue to be renewed over the years, helping students at the school which specialises in agriculture, horse keeping and outdoor pursuits.