Tractor Run in memory of Alexander (3) will benefit NI Children's Hospice

Shaun Oneill

Reporter:

Shaun Oneill

Email:

sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

Thursday 4 August 2022 8:00

A Tractor Run, in memory of three-year-old Alexander Sweeney, from Clough, will raise vital funds for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 3, with first tractor leaving from the field at Ballyreagh Meadows off the Doury Road, at 11.30am.

Parents Jason and Lisa are hoping the money raiser will be a big success and invite the public to support the cause.

The Sweeneys lost little Alexander to genetic condition PoL G back on July 25, 2021.

Since then they have been working tirelessly to give back something to the NI Children’s Hospice.

“Without Children’s Hospice we simply would not have been able to get through,” outlined mum Lisa.

“They were absolutely brilliant. Without them we would have been lost. They deserve every single penny that can be raised for them.”

Dad Jason said hosting the Tractor Run in September in Alexander’s memory “will be a great tribute to his love of tractors and Grassmen.”

“From a very young age Alexander’s love of tractors was evident,” outlined Jason. “He loved story books about tractors before he was old enough to play. From Santa for Alexander's 1st Christmas it had to be a New Holland tractor.”

He continued - “Alexander was happiest when outside in the garden at home with his ride on tractor helping me cut the lawn or feeding calves at Grandad’s farm.

“Silage season had great excitement for Alexander. He couldn't wait to get down the lane to watch Robert Crawford lift his grass. A fond memory for us and Robert.”

And farming for Alexander did not stop in a wet day!

“When too cold or wet to go outside carpet farming and watching Grassmen DVDs was Alexander’s playtime,” said Jason.

The Tractor Run on September 3 will be a great family day

On the day Grassmen will be attending, along with Vic and Hill Coffee Cart, Bobby Glass Outside Catering, Jim’s Ices and Mono events with Bouncy Castles etc.

For a £20 donation a Tractor can be entered into the Run, along with a breakfast bap and tea/coffee for the driver!

Local businesses have kindly donated amazing prizes for a raffle on the day.

Starting point will be the field at Ballyreagh Meadows, Doury Road Clough.

Registration will open from 9am - Tractors leaving 11.30am.

Check out their Facebook page for further details -

www.facebook.com/Tractor-

Run-in-Memory-of-

Alexander-Sweeney

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