Mary 'Tractor' Phillips

A well-known fundraiser for both us and our Devon counterparts, Mary Phillips has raised many thousands of pounds for Cornwall Air Ambulance over the years.

For many years, Mary has supported the air ambulance by getting sponsorship to drive her vintage tractors over long distances at somewhat sedate speeds of around 9mph!

In 2012, Mary completed what she said would be her last epic tractor drive: the gruelling journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End over the course of 17 days, during which time she also celebrated her 72nd birthday!

In 2013, Mary is attempting to go even further (yes that is possible!) Mary is attempting to drive from Land’s End to Dunnet Head – the northernmost point of the British mainland, about 10 miles north of John O’Groats!

Mary, from St Teath near Bodmin, described her experience during 2012 as “absolutely wonderful.”

She said: “I had a marvellous time. The mountains in Scotland were magnificent. Throughout the whole trip I was rained on only ten times which isn't bad really.

“I was badly bitten by midges along the way and there were some pretty terrifying hairpin bends.

Mary is rarely completely alone during her epic treks. Partner Peter Treleaven, also a former farmer and expert on the Field Marshall, travels in front of Mary in the couple's Land Rover towing a caravan, where they slept each night.

Mary has a very personal reason for supporting the air ambulance: “Years ago when my mother was ill the air ambulance was called in and I decided afterwards to do my best to help support it because it's such an important service in our rural areas."