Vintage tractor is just the ticket

TOP PRIZE: Colin Dickinson with the Fordson vintage tractor
TOP PRIZE: Colin Dickinson with the Fordson vintage tractor
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What’s your idea of a dream prize in a raffle - a holiday, a car or a bumper bundle of cash?

How about a vintage tractor?

That’s what is on offer to the winner of a raffle to raise funds for the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance.

The prize is the idea of Colin Dickinson, a builder from Edlington.

He has a collection of vintage tractors at home.

And he’s decided to donate one - a 1937 Fordson N Row Crop - as first prize.

It is worth at least £10,000.

And, if the winner doesn’t fancy a tractor parked in their front drive, Mr Dickinson has arranged for it to be sold by a top auctioneer - free of charge.

Mr Dickinson said: “The tractor is one of three I bought about 10 years ago.

“I‘m friends with one of the committee members who raises funds for the air ambulance.

“We were playing dominoes together. He mentioned the raffle and I said what about the tractor as a prize.

“They were surprised at first - until I told them how much it was worth.”

Mr Dickinson said he was particularly keen to raise money for the Air Ambulance after the service came to the aid of a family member.

He added: “I saw first hand the difference the ambulance can make - especially in rural areas.

Mr Dickinson is hoping to raise around £60,000 from the sale of tickets.

He’s also put up £1,000 cash for the second prize and says that if the tractor proves popular, he’ll donate another one next year.

Tickets are currently on sale from Horncastle businesses - Perkins and Windows and Floors.

The raffle will be drawn at a special fun day next June at the Duke of Wellington pub at Midviolle, near Boston.