‘Amaz­ing’ but not safe yet

CITY FARM RAISES £12,000 OF £30 ,000 TO­TAL IN A WEEK BUT MONEY STILL NEEDED

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By JOSEPH LOCKER

MORE than £12,000 has been raised in less than a week for pop­u­lar city at­trac­tion Stone­bridge City Farm af­ter it re­vealed it was in “dire” need of fi­nan­cial sup­port.

The St Ann’s com­mu­nity char­ity has been a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for 40 years and needs a to­tal of £30,000 to carry on.

It sup­ports hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing those with spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, ev­ery week.

An ap­peal launched on Jan­uary 7 has al­ready at­tracted thou­sands of pounds.

But man­ager Peter Ar­mitage said that while the do­na­tions had been “amaz­ing”, the farm was still not at all “safe”.

One sum of £500 came from The Not­ting­ham build­ing so­ci­ety, which has sup­ported the char­ity for many years.

In 2017, The Not­ting­ham backed the farm through its Grants For Good scheme, which sup­ported 30 work place­ments.

Build­ing so­ci­ety staff have also given more than 100 vol­un­teer­ing hours to help the farm out, in­clud­ing send­ing em­ploy­ees from head of­fice to help build the farm’s Santa’s Grotto be­fore Christ­mas.

Ross Allen, as­sis­tant cam­paign man­ager for the so­ci­ety, who helped build the grotto, said: “I’ve been to the farm a cou­ple of times now and on both oc­ca­sions found the ex­pe­ri­ence noth­ing short of in­spi­ra­tional. It’s al­ways an hon­our to help out there.

“The farm is an ex­tremely valu­able com­mu­nity as­set that is so much more than sim­ply a great day out for fam­i­lies. It puts a tremen­dous amount of en­ergy into im­prov­ing the in­de­pen­dence, self-es­teem, men­tal and phys­i­cal health and em­ploy­ment prospects of many lo­cal peo­ple.”

Mr Ar­mitage said the do­na­tions had come from around 500 dif­fer­ent peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He hopes that more peo­ple will come for­ward to help fund the farm on a reg­u­lar basis, say­ing: “The sit­u­a­tion is very real. If we did not raise any money it would be dire. If we raised half of the money that we need it would be ex­tremely tough, and if we raise all of the £30,000, it will be bet­ter but not safe.

“We have a long way to go – we’re not quite there yet. The sup­port has been amaz­ing so far but I don’t want peo­ple to think that that’s it, be­cause we’re only re­ally at a third of the money we need.”

It costs £30,000 per month to run the farm, in­clud­ing staffing, supplies and other op­er­a­tional costs.

In 2018, the farm helped pro­vide struc­tured vis­its to al­most 1,000 chil­dren and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to more than 700 lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

You can do­nate us­ing the fol­low­ing meth­ods: on­line at the web­site https://www.just­giv­ing.com/cam­paign/stone­bridgecity­farmap­peal, or by text to SBCF 70085.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can do­nate by bank trans­fer to Stone­bridge City Farm, Unity Trust Bank, Ac­count No. 20241218, Sort Code 60-83-01, un­der the ref­er­ence “Ap­peal”.

PIC­TURE: IAN HODGKIN­SON/ PIC­TURE IT

As­sis­tant barn su­per­viser Luke Brenner with two of the Dex­ter cows

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