On­line ap­peal has al­ready raised £500

Paisley Daily Express - - Funds Pour In To Help Vandal-hit Community Farm - David Camp­bell

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-

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