Ferguson Roylance, Christie supporter

Harvey Mitchell was a farmer from Poynton and a Christie patient who died in December 2020. His good friend Ferguson Roylance wanted to say thanks to everyone at The Christie for caring for Harvey.

With this in mind, Ferguson organised a tractor run event in support of The Christie charity and to let Harvey’s family and friends have the chance to say goodbye to him.

The Harvey Mitchell’s Tractor Ride took place in Glossop, New Mills and other areas around Derbyshire on 31 December 2020. More than 50 drivers from areas including Chester, Macclesfield, Buxton and Greater Manchester donated and turned up to take part on the day.

People stood socially distanced alongside the roads to watch the tractor run pass by. Harvey’s wife was also present, standing with their family and watching how many people loved Harvey.

The event was a really original and special way to celebrate Harvey while also raising vital funds to help support cancer patients and their families. While Ferguson’s initial fundraising goal was £1,000, the Harvey Mitchell’s Tractor Ride has raised more than £2,200 for The Christie charity so far.

“My aim was to be able to give people the opportunity to say farewell and raise money for those who cared for Harvey in a COVID-safe environment, which could get no better than an isolated cab!
“On the day 50 tractors, a motorcycle and a wagon came to show their support to The Christie and Harvey as hundreds stood by the roads to watch us on our run.
“I personally and all involved greatly appreciate your efforts to care for those unfortunate – thank you.”

  - Ferguson, Christie supporter

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