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Sophie Cooke and her dad presented funds of over £4,500 to Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), following another fantastic year of fundraising at The Rising Sun, Woolaston.

Sophie and her team have hosted a number of events in aid of the life-saving charity, including the Harvest Raffle, and the pub's first-ever Christmas Charity Tractor Run.

54 tractors took part in the festivities around Woolaston on 5th December, conducting a 'grand tour' of the village, to the delight of local residents.

Tractor drivers fully embraced the Christmas spirit by wearing Christmas jumpers and sprucing up their tractors with vast amounts of tinsel. There was even a prize awarded to the best-dressed tractor and driver.

Sophie described the event as a “huge success” and said: “It’s surprising what you can get organised in less than three weeks, especially when raising money for a very worthy charity!” She is planning on running another charity tractor run next year.

Ian, Supporter Engagement Manager at GWAAC said: "It's always a pleasure to catch up with Sophie and her team at the Rising Sun. It's a proper pub, right at the heart of its local community, with some of the most generous regulars in the West. We feel truly blessed to benefit from everyone's kindness this year, and can't thank everyone enough for their life-saving donations."

Sophie is something of a star fundraiser, having raised over £6,700 for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity in recent years, fully funding three critical care missions in the Forest of Dean.

Her continued generosity is helping to ensure that GWAAC can continue to be there for the residents of the Forest, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to impact the charity's fundraising activities.

If you’ve been inspired by Sophie's fundraising efforts, you might be interested in GWAAC's Christmas Wish appeal. The appeal is raising funds to help provide the crew with critical equipment to enable them to face grueling conditions and reach people who need lifesaving critical care.