Charity event has plenty of drive
Front: Martin Mead, Sarah Buchanan and Craig Brooks. Back: Lawrie Sullivan, Phil Sullivan, Martin Sullivan and Lorraine Drury. Photo: Dave Wardle.
WEST FIFERS with plenty of drive have been revving up to help kids with cancer.
Lawrie Sullivan (50), owner of Taylor Sullivan Funeral Directors in Dunfermline, is helping to organise a charity 'Top to Bottom Tractor Run' in memory of his nephew, Aaron, who sadly lost his battle with cancer last month.
Aaron, from Derbyshire, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2011 and underwent a series of treatments at the specialist Christie Hospital in Manchester.
Unfortunately, he failed to respond to any of the treatments and passed away aged just 20 on 10th August.
His family has organised a tractor run, using vintage Ferguson tractors from the 1950s, from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise funds for the hospital's Young Oncology Unit (YOU).
The run kicked off on Monday and the Fife leg of the 14-day event started on Thursday from the Albert Hotel in North Queensferry.
He told the Press, "It was hoped Aaron could have driven on the trip, even part of it had he not been up to the whole trip.
"When I heard Aaron wasn't responding to treatments I feared that the tractor run might turn out to be a memorial one.
"Every year six to eight children just do not respond to any of the treatments and sadly Aaron was one of them.
"It's been a very difficult time for my brother (Fred) and it came as a massive shock to me when I heard Aaron had passed away - you always hope there's some treatment he would respond to."
Lawrie sponsored the afternoon part of the Fife leg, which saw Albert Hotel manager Sarah Buchanan driving the first 10 miles over the Forth Road Bridge to the Edinburgh bypass.
Those who would like to help or contribute should contact Lawrie on 07979 645593. Further information is available on www.top-to-bottom-tractor-run.co.uk.
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Sep 19, 10:21
I am sorry for two reasons. Sorry for the loss of a young life.
I am sorry that I was not given the opportunity to support the cause, cos I have always wanted to drive a tractor.....
I am angry that once again Dunfermline Press is playing catch up....Editor you need to take a long hard look at ur reporters..
In the recent past I have tried to contact 'The Press'..but it's like getting thro' to the GP's receptionist!
Regional papers and indeed the national press have financial problems...and you wonder why?
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Sep 21, 14:33
The Albert Hotel were delighted to get on board and support such a great charity although I must point out Lorraine was the brave one who drove the tractor over the forth road bridge on a windy day!
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