When we were asked by three local young farmers if they could borrow our cow and calf recently we were a bit surprised until they described what they were doing.
The three lads wanted to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance. The air ambulance is in need of extra funds to cover the increasing fuel costs and it does such a valuable service especially around rural farming areas which are often inaccessible.
Michael Henderson, John Scott and Charles Wood are driving tractors around the county boundary and one of the lads will be towing a cattle trailer which will contain our mum and her baby calf.
They are setting off on Friday 14 November from Carlisle and hopefully will make it back by the end of the weekend having travelled via Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and down to Barrow then back up the coast via St Bees at a steady 20mph. They will be stopping at towns and villages in-between selling raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses. They are hoping to raise £3,000.
We are not the only firm to lend out items for this worthy cause. Tractors are on loan from Johnston Tractor’s, Lloyd's and Rickerby’s and Scottish Fuels are keeping the tractors re fuelled as they travel round.
Our bull is looking a bit lonely at our office at the minute without the rest of his family. We have had lots of people commenting on the missing animals and checking they hadn’t been stolen. We even had one passer by, who stopped when the cow and calf were being loaded up to take away, to check they weren’t being “nicked”.
Watch out for the lads round the county and of course our cows on the mooo-ve.