Online appeal has already raised £500
A fundraising campaign to restore a popular city farm destroyed by vandals is gaining momentum.
Lamont Farm Project in Erskine was targeted by louts who spraypainted the main cabin, leaving volunteers devastated at the damage.
However, a JustGiving online funding page set up by Denise Santos has already raised more than £ 500 towards fixing the damage.
She said: “Lamont Farm has once again been targeted by vandals. Volunteers who help run it are distraught and saddened.
“Please help raise funds for the charity to continue its good work with the animals and show that there are kind, caring people in the community who are willing to support it.”
She added: “Many young people enjoy the experience of helping to care for the animals. The good work the farm does depends on the generosity of the community, so please show a little extra support at this difficult time.”
The community farm and animal welfare centre, which looks after a wide range of animals including llama’s, pigs and reptiles, has six CCTV cameras covering the site, but, unfortunately, they were unable to get a good view of the suspects.
Donors to the appeal have been leaving messages of support on the JustGiving page.
One wrote: “I grew up in Erskine and spent many summer holidays ‘mucking out’ and working all day (at the farm) for a ride on a pony. It taught me about hard work and discipline and, to this day, still admire the work you do.”
A spokesman for the farm was delighted with the support so far, saying: “Thanks again for everyone’s support, it really does mean a lot to everyone here at the farm that so many people are behind us, wanting to help.”
They were also quick to thank Denise for setting up the appeal.
It is sadly not the first time the farm, which welcomes groups of young people to help out, and is solely supported through donations and grants, has been the target of vandals.
Police say enquiries into the latest incident, which happened on overnight between Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3, continue
Sergeant Geoff Smith, who is based in Johnstone, said: “Enquiries are ongoing into this incident at Lamont Farm Project.
“I would ask if anyone who has any information to get in touch with us on 101.”
If you wish to donate to the appeal, you can do so by visiting www. justgiving. com/ crowdfunding/ lamont- farm-