Magnificent Mary is back on her tractor

Mary Phillips with her trusty tractor at Hatherleigh Market.

Mary Phillips with her trusty tractor at Hatherleigh Market. - Credit: Archant

Fund raiser Mary Phillips is off on another epic tractor run to raise money for charity.

An oily moment raises a chuckle for Mary Phillips during her John O' Groats to Lands End tractor run

An oily moment raises a chuckle for Mary Phillips during her John O' Groats to Lands End tractor run last year. - Credit: Archant

A familiar face at Hatherleigh Market has decided to take to the road once more with her trusty tractor for a second 975 mile charity run.

Last year 72-year-old Mary Phillips, a well figure in both Devon and Cornwall, drove her Field Marshall Series 3A tractor from John O’ Groats to Lands End – at a sedate nine miles per hour – on behalf of both counties’ air ambulance charities.

This June she is doing it again, setting off from Lands End this time and she hopes to top the £15,000 raised last year.

A second tractor has also entered the tale after Richard Bardwill from Holsworthy donated a grey 1955 Ferguson for Mary to raffle off to raise money.


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“People are so generous,” said Mary, who is from St Teath in Cornwall.

“I have been raising money as far back as I can remember. Last year was such a wonderful experience and I was so proud to be able to do it. It was just a shame it rained so much, practically the whole way!”

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Mary would like to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor her trip, or can offer the use of a lorry to bring her tractor back from Scotland.

Anyone who can help or would like to buy raffle tickets or books of tickets to sell, can call her on 01840 211501 or drop in to Devtrac at Hillsmoor in Hatherleigh, telephone 01837 811050.

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