Few people are prepared to get up very early on a weekend morning, but that is exactly what Rochdale restaurateur Mark Wickham did last Sunday, and all for a very good cause.
Looking for a way to raise awareness, and cash, for the Breast Cancer Care and Awareness charity, Mark hit upon a novel idea. He sprayed one of his tractors, a classic vintage 1952 Massey-Ferguson, bright pink, dressed up as Superman and drove cross country covering over one hundred and ten miles.
Unfortunately, the gleaming tractor couldn’t keep up with Mark’s pace and broke down just 30 miles just outside Whitby.
Mark is, however, justifiably proud of his attempt: “The reason I did it was to make people more aware about checking for the early signs of cancer.
I only decided to do this a week ago, I wanted to do something positive, and there is so much bad news around,
“Using a pink tractor, I thought it would make people think. There weren’t that many people around when I started at 5am in the morning.
It was really foggy, rainy and cold, but further on in the journey the support we got from the people of Whitby was amazing.
One man was driving along, he pulled up a bit sharply and rubbed his eyes, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Well it’s not every day you see Superman driving a tractor!”
Mark’s efforts have raised over £1,000 so far and the money is still coming in. The tractor is being repaired and Mark has promised to go back and complete the journey.
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