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Tractor road run’s £3,000 boost for cancer victims

PUBLISHED: 10:02 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 28 December 2017

The Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGG

The Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGG

VICTORIA PIGG

A seasonal village tractor run has raised more than £3,000 for a vital Norfolk cancer charity which supports victims and their relatives.

The Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGGThe Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGG

The Boxing Day Charity Road Run in Larling, near Thetford, is held every year to raise money for good causes in the area.

This year it was decided the 170 tractors of all shapes and sizes taking part would support Wymondham-based Star Throwers, which helps people make important decisions about their treatment while also giving families emotional support.

Victoria Pigg, assistant manager at Star Throwers, said: “This is a lovely event for the whole family to attend.

“So many people came out to support as tractor drivers, passengers and supporters.

The Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGGThe Larling tractor run raised more than £3,000 for Star Throwers. Picture: VICTORIA PIGG

“We are incredibly grateful to the organisers for choosing Star Throwers as their charity this year and the wonderful amount they have raised will make a huge difference to those people affected by cancer.”

The tractors followed an 18-mile route around the country lanes before returning to The Angel at Larling.

Among the drivers, people could see elves, tinsel and even Father Christmas.

The event - which was founded in 2004 by local businessmen David Kidd and David Boggia - was supported by hundreds of spectators, who came to enjoy a family day out.

It usually raises a average of £3,000 for the chosen charity, with organisations including East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, Star Throwers and East Coast Truckers benefiting in the past.

And this year certainly did not disappoint, with the grand total standing at £3,333.

Star Throwers supports individuals with cancer to make informed decisions about their treatment options - including alternative treatments - and help them search for clinical trials when appropriate.

It also offers complementary therapies, counselling, nutritional advice and lymphoedema support to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Star Throwers is also due to open its second charity shop in the coming weeks, taking over a premises in Attleborough town centre.

To find out more about Star Throwers, visit www.starthrowers.org.uk

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