A Shropshire-based farming company has helped an annual Shropshire tractor pulling event to rake in more than £12,000 for charity.

The Ruyton XI Towns fundraiser, held at Marches Farm, has now pulled in around £62,000 for worthy causes since its launch in 2012.

Proceeds from the 2018 event were handed over to the two selected charities – Hope House children’s hospice in Oswestry, and Severn Hospice – at the Morris Lubricants headquarters in Shrewsbury.

Andrew Goddard, who chairs the company, which has been one of the headline sponsors of the event since its inception, said: “Not only does it bring the community together for two days of fun, the money it raises makes a real difference.

“Morris Lubricants is proud to continue its association with the Ruyton X1 Towns tractor pull, and we look forward to supporting the 2019 event, which will be taking place on October 5 and 6. Let’s hope the weather is kind.”

The event is organised by Gary Penton, a director of Oswestry-based haulage company Pentons.

He added: “Around 50 tractors, and almost 500 spectators, attended last September’s pull, and despite the weather being slightly against us we had a great weekend.

“We were delighted to have raised an incredible £12,000 to be split between these two worthy charities.

“We would not be able to put this event on without the support of the tractor pullers, track staff, sledge team and the numerous helpers – as well as our sponsors.”

In addition to Morris Lubricants, the pull is backed by other businesses including North Shropshire Scaffolding, Ridgeway, Llansilin Tractors, Tudor Griffiths, Morris Holding, Griffiths Tool Hire, Nige Lewis Contracting, Enterprise Flex-e-Rent, and Booze Bars.

Gary added: “I must say a big thanks to everyone who has made donations, and to John, Linda and Robert for allowing us to use their land at Marches Farm once again.

He cited the ‘fantastic support and excellent care they provide’ to the people of Shropshire by both charities, adding that Severn Hospice was especially chosen because of the incredible care it provided to his father-in-law back in 2012, and again to his sister last year.

If anyone would like to sponsor the 2019 event, make a donation, or find out about trade stand opportunities, they are invited to speak to Gary on 07802 672042 or Tony Preston 07949 079218.