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Toddler who inspires students chosen charity makes a special visit to ploughing marathon
01 April 2017

Toddler who inspires students chosen charity makes a special visit to ploughing marathon

Students taking part in the 24-hour ploughing marathon were pleased to greet a special visitor to their fields.

Two-year-old Harry Stroud lost his hearing last year after contracting meningitis.

His uncle Ronan Mulcahy, who is an Agricultural lecturer at Lackham, explained to students how, when his nephew was poorly in hospital, the one thing that made him smile was tractors.

As a result of this, the Land Based and Farm Mechanisation students decided that in addition to raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, they would share the donations from this years’ ploughing marathon with the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Ethan Kosma, first year Farm Mech student, said: “We all feel that Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a great charity to support as you never know when you might be in need of it and it relies mostly on donations to operate.

“But when we heard about Ronan’s nephew losing his hearing after having meningitis, we really wanted to support a charity that helps this also.

“It was lovely to meet Harry and for him to be able to see some tractors up close.”

Harry and his mum Nadine travelled to Lackham from Nailsworth in Gloucestershire especially for the chance to sit on a tractor.

Nadine said: “Harry was in hospital for a few weeks and for a while was extremely poorly.

“The one thing that always made him smile was tractors and he loves to see them and watch them on television.

“I am so pleased to have been able to bring him along to see the tractors and sit on one.

“He has been so brave and relearned to walk again in such a short time and thankfully cochlear implants now mean that Harry is able to hear again.

“It is so kind of the students to want to donate some of the proceeds from the 24-hour ploughing marathon to the Meningitis Research Foundation.”

Students successfully completed the 150-acre Ploughing Marathon on Wednesday 26th March and are still collecting and taking donations until the end of April.

They have exceeded their online target of £250 and have currently raised £270.

If you would like to make a donation, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lackhamploughing2017.