An outpouring of emotion accompanied a recent compact tractor run, which successfully raised £3,000 in memory of the late teenager Mia Jennings. The event, which took place on New Year's Eve, was organised to honour Mia, who tragically passed away at the age of 19 due to a cardiac arrest.
The streets of Cheshire were filled with an impressive convoy of over 50 compact tractors and various agricultural vehicles, as the community came together to support the cause. This event was not just a tribute to Mia, but also a fundraiser for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), an organisation dedicated to preventing young sudden cardiac deaths.
The emotional highlight of the day was when Mia's father, James Jennings, led the procession in the lead compact tractor, accompanied by event organiser Kevin Woodward. The sight of the convoy moving through the towns of Byley, Knutsford, and Northwich drew large crowds, who cheered and clapped in support.
Mia's sister, Erin Jennings, also took part, driving a compact tractor after receiving some lessons on a farm. According to Kevin Woodward, the event was profoundly moving, particularly for James, who was deeply touched by the community's outpouring of support.
Local farms, including Bidlea Dairy, joined in, with many decorating their vehicles with coloured lights, adding to the festive atmosphere of the event. The presence of a three-wheeler among the compact tractors added a unique touch to the procession.
Mia Jennings, who was actively involved in the Young Farmers and the community, is remembered fondly by her family and friends as a kind, caring, and positive individual who always sought to help others.
In the wake of this successful event, plans are already in motion to organise a larger compact tractor run for the following New Year's Eve, with hopes of significantly increasing the funds raised. The organisers are also considering an after-party and a competition allowing a member of the public to experience the procession as a passenger.
For those interested in supporting this cause, donations can be made to CRY in memory of Mia Jennings through their website at c-r-y.org.uk/mia-jennings. Further details about the next event will be announced later in the year.