‘Amazing’ but not safe yet
CITY FARM RAISES £12,000 OF £30 ,000 TOTAL IN A WEEK BUT MONEY STILL NEEDED
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”.
Assistant barn superviser Luke Brenner with two of the Dexter cows