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Judi finishes 174-mile journey on New Holland combine for cancer charity

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Judi arrives back in Dorset after her charity combine run.

 

Farmworker Judi James completed an incredible 174-mile fundraising journey onWednesday June 11th when she rolled into her home village of Littlebredyin Dorset on a New Holland combine she drove all the way from London.

Threedays of travelling through city and countryside dodging motorways andenjoying occasional police escorts has so far raised more than 1,000 forBreast Cancer Campaign.

Afterjumping down from the New Holland CX5080 at Longlands Farm, near Dorchester,where she was welcomed just after 5pm by a crowd of friends, she grinned: Imnot as tired as I thought I would be and it was really enjoyable.

Mybest moment was when I got clear of London. The lorry drivers were particularlysupportive and I got lots of beeps from them! And last night we were parked ata hotel and lots of people came to take a look and were pressing money into ourhands. Its certainly made people look.

Judiworks part-time for John Barker, who runs Longland Farm in Littlebredy, wherehe has about 140 head of longhorn cattle. She had planned to use his CR9070Elevation combine but it was too big.

Thatwas when New Holland stepped in with a smaller machine and had it transportedall the way from the companys flagship tractor factory in Basildon, Essex, tothe starting line at Wimbledon Common.

Mother-of-twoJudi (54) only got into agriculture seven years ago, and she said: Without NewHolland I would not have got anywhere. I am very grateful and their generositywas fantastic.

Judiexplained: I lost my sister-in-law at the age of 40 to breast cancer, and wantto remember her and a terrific lady who gave me my first break after qualifyingin Rural Business Administration.

Shetoo was sadly lost to this dreadful disease at only 49 years of age. Iexperienced the fear of this disease having found a lump myself at only 27 butwas blessed to be given the all-clear.

Ihad always wanted to do something different. It came to me while I wascombining last year and I just thought I wanted to go for it.

JohnBarker, who has run New Holland machines on his farm for more than 20 years, said:Judis done very well. She came up with the idea and weve been behind her allthe way. It was very good of New Holland to come up with the machine.

 

Toadd a donation to Judis fundraising effort, go online to www.justgiving.com/judijamescombineharvesterchallenge.


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