IN A remarkable display of resilience and determination, two young women who have battled cancer before the age of 35, are joining forces to organise a tractor run aimed at raising funds for cancer services.

Both survivors received treatment at the renowned Lingen Davies Cancer Centre in Shrewsbury — one for breast cancer and the other for cervical cancer.

Mary Perry, hailing from Prees, near Whitchurch, successfully organised a tractor run in 2022, raising over £5,500 for two selected charities, including Lingen Davies.

This year, she has joined forces with Sarah Cope from Whixall to expand the event's scale and generate even greater support.


Mary and Sarah said: “Following our diagnosis and treatment, we want to be able to give everyone what they need in terms of checking advice and great local services to ensure that we can treat cancer effectively and quickly.

“We know we cannot stop cancer, but we can be more aware.

“This event is very important to both of us, getting lots of people from a rural background together to spread the message.”

Mary was diagnosed with aggressive Grade 3 breast cancer at the age of 27 in 2020, while Sarah faced stage 3c aggressive cervical cancer in 2022 at 33 years old.

The chosen charity for their initiative is the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, which plays a crucial role in improving the lives of those affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, and Mid Wales.

Since its establishment in 1979, Lingen Davies estimates that over 100,000 individuals have directly benefited from their work and cancer appeals, enhancing the quality of cancer treatment and care.

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Scheduled for Sunday, August 20, the tractor run will commence at Magical Malpas PYO, in Agden.

Participants will embark on a 25-30 mile route across the local area, accompanied by their tractors.

Families and friends are encouraged to cheer on the drivers and join them at the lunch stop near the Horseshoes Pub in Tilstock.

The entrance fee is £20, which includes a breakfast bacon roll, BBQ lunch roll, and tea and cake upon return.

Helen Knight, head of Fundraising for Lingen Davies, expressed gratitude for the remarkable efforts of individuals like Mary and Sarah, highlighting their dedication to making a tangible difference in the community.

She said: “Both of these brave young women have undergone their own diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer and now they are working hard to support us — not only by fundraising but by helping to raise awareness about cancer and working to keep excellent cancer services local for the benefit of the wider community.”