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Tractor run donations continue to rise as deadline nears

The Christmas Tractor Run has defied all expectations, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity. (Amanda Ruddick)

It is the Christmas cracker that just keeps on giving.

The Christmas Tractor Run has now raised more than £52,800 — and the total continues to rise as the deadline for donations nears.

The money is being donated to CLAN Orkney and the Orkney MS Therapy Centre — and so far, the generosity of the Orkney public and beyond has demolished the original target of £4,000.

Donations via the online JustGiving page has now exceeded £43,000 — with the total continuing to rise more than one week on from the event taking place.

This figure, combined with over £8,300 in Gift Aid and a further £1,300 raised by the Friends of Stoneworks Orkney, brings the total raised at around £52,879. This does not include the cash and business donations which are still to be added.

Steven Sinclair, who jointly organised the run alongside Graham Nicholson, said in The Orcadian: “It’s been absolutely unreal. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the generosity of the Orkney public.”

The event has also come to the attention of the Scottish Parliament where Liam McArthur lodged a motion, recognising the unbridled the success of the tractor run.

He described it as a “fantastic achievement by the farming community in Orkney and another fine example of the outstanding generosity of the Orkney public which will make a significant difference to local cancer and MS support.”

People have until Monday, January 10, to make donations to the JustGiving page.