A group of farmers will come together and drive their tractors through the countryside in order to raise funds for charities close to their hearts.

Colchester Young Farmers Club is hosting its first ever tractor run this Sunday from noon.

The event will see a convoy of more than 20 tractors driven across mid Essex in a bid to raise money for charities My WiSH, and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

The club will begin its drive at Marks Tey, before heading out to Stanway and then onto Tolleshunt D’arcy.

From there, the tractors will drive onto Tiptree and through High Street, before heading onto Kelvedon, Coggeshall, Earls Colne and finally ending up at Pattocks Farm in Chappel.

Organiser George Paterson, said: “As a club each year we pick two charities relevant to members to raise money for.

“This is the first time we have done the tractor run so in some ways this is like a trial run.

“I just woke up one morning and thought it would be a great event for people to get involved in and cheer us on along the way.”

The convoy is expected to arrive at Pattocks Farm some time after 3pm. Once there, the farmers will line their tractors up and be offering out warm food to visitors.

A raffle will also be held to continue the fundraising bid.

Mr Paterson says the club contacted the police to ensure it was possible to hold the tractor run and he hopes people will get behind the idea, despite concerns it may increase traffic on the roads.

He added: “One of the reasons why we picked Sunday afternoon is because that should be one of the quietest times to do it.

“Hopefully drivers will be patient enough and will get involved because we are expecting people to cheer us on and support us.”

All funds raised on the day will go to My WiSH, which helps support West Suffolk hospital, and he Rare Breeds Survival Trust, which seeks to secure the future of rare and native breeds of farm livestock.

The tractor run will start at noon at the Bungalow Diner off London Road, Marks Tey.

To find out more, contact georgepat98@googlemail.com.