A YOUNG Farmers’ Club in North Yorkshire has raised more than £8,000 in memory of one of its members.

Knaresborough Young Farmers staged a tractor run in memory of Mike Spink, 24, who died in a road accident while in New Zealand last year.

His friends from the YFC wanted to do something to honour him and followed up last year’s inaugural tractor run with an even bigger event, with175 tractors, from as far afield as Sheffield (a journey of 2.5 hours by tractor), taking part.

Chairman of Knaresborough YFC, Steven Brown, said sales from a calendar featuring the tractor run will take the amount to be handed over later in the year to chosen charity the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to more than £10,000.

“It was very humbling to see even more tractors turning out for Mike this year,” he said.

“It takes a lot of organising and is a very emotional day, imagining what Mike would think of all these people remembering him, but it’s really worthwhile and sums up what young farmers is all about; one big family all looking out for each other.”