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

Four-year-old Freddy Vallender 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

This the latest fantastic piece of fundraising to help Freddy, a story which has united the community.

Sedgemoor FM's DJ, and Mercury columnist, Dave Englefield recently completed a 27 hour radio marathon in support of Freddy's Fight For Life, while Bridgwater couple Joe and Fi Moretti are raffling off their Cyprus villa for £2 a ticket, hoping to raise £15,000 for the cause.

To enter the villa prize draw, people can visit and buy a ticket for £2.

Freddy Vallender is one of only seven children in the UK to suffer with this type of cardiac tumour, which causes dangerous heart arrhythmias, which make his heart beat in excess of 200 beats per minute and could lead to a sudden and fatal cardiac arrest.