More than 150 tractors will be converging on Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Sunday, September 17, to boost funds for a tractor-mad youngster who needs lifesaving surgery in the US.

Freddy Vallender, four, has a large tumour on his heart and lives with a defibrillator implanted into his chest. He needs urgent surgery that can only be performed in Boston.

His parents Cathryn and Andy and supporters have been working tirelessly to raise the £100,000 needed to transform Freddy’s future.

Now Greenslade Taylor Hunt, which runs Sedgemoor Auction Centre is backing the campaign to aid Freddy and are sponsoring the tractor road run to the tune of £700 which will feature the latest machines to vintage models and even mini tractors.
Graham Ford, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “We are delighted to support Freddy and his family in achieving their objective, hopefully  support from us and others will allow Freddy to be treated in the USA.”

The  first tractors should reach Sedgemoor at around 12.45pm where there will be prizes for the best decorated tractor and the most inappropriately dressed driver! A hog roast and refreshments will also be served.

Robert Venner, Partner in charge of the market, said: “"This is another example of how the rural community comes together to help one that is in need. The gathering of 150 various tractors should be a tremendous spectacle and well worth joining in with to help raise funds. There will be a promises auction and other ways in which people can support Freddy."

All the money raised will go to Freddy’s appeal. For more information visit the website