David ploughs his own fur­row, rais­ing vi­tal cash for can­cer char­ity

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

A PERTHSHIRE farmer rolled into Ar­gyll and Bute last week as part of a ma­jor fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

David McLaren, 78, from Black­ford, is chug­ging 1,600 miles around the coast of Scot­land in his Ford­son Dexta 1960 trac­tor to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK and Friends of St Mar­garet’s Hospi­tal in Auchter­arder.

He ar­rived in Oban on Fri­day hav­ing trav­elled up from Camp­bel­town and met mem­bers of Oban’s Can­cer Re­search UK (CRUK) com­mit­tee.

The re­tired farmer de­cided to at­tempt the chal­lenge in mem­ory of his wife El­iz­a­beth, who died of can­cer in 2014.

This is not the first time David has sup­ported CRUK and the hospi­tal in Auchter­arder.

In 2003, wear­ing his kilt the whole way, David and El­iz­a­beth drove the same Ford­son Dexta trac­tor from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raised more than £14,500.

David said: ‘ I’m do­ing it in mem­ory of El­iz­a­beth. Four months af­ter the last trip in 2003 we dis­cov­ered El­iz­a­beth had kid­ney can­cer. That run was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and we made a lot of friends.

‘This time I’d like to stay closer to home and ex­plore the amaz­ing coast of Scot­land while rais­ing vi­tal funds for these two char­i­ties.’

He set off on Sat­ur­day July 2 and ex­pects to fin­ish around July 20.

Any­one can spon­sor his fundrais­ing ef­forts by do­nat­ing to Spon­sored Run Around Scot­land at Bank of Scot­land 80-2260, Ac­count Num­ber 14359061.

Dorothy Rodger, from Can­cer Re­search UK, said: ‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that David has de­cided to at­tempt such a huge chal­lenge to raise vi­tal funds for Can­cer Re­search UK. He has put an enor­mous amount of time and ef­fort into or­gan­is­ing this trip and I hope every­one will be in­spired to sup­port him through do­na­tions and by cheer­ing him on along the route. Can­cer Re­search UK is en­tirely funded by vol­un­tary do­na­tions and we could not make progress with­out the on­go­ing sup­port of peo­ple such as David.’

David McLaren, far right, is cre­at­ing his own Straight Story as he drives a trac­tor round the coast of Scot­land to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK; and above, David, cen­tre, with mem­bers of the Oban CRUK com­mit­tee. Pho­to­graphs: Kevin McG­lynn

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