Sussex Charity Reaches Fundraising Target To Build Its Patchwork Farm

Sussex Charity Reaches Fundraising Target To Build Its Patchwork Farm

Children and young adults from Sussex charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation, are today celebrating reaching their £55k fundraising target to build a new therapeutic farm. The wheelchair friendly facility, named Patchwork Farm, is being built at the charity’s home in North Chailey, Sussex. Once complete, it will provide a truly multi-sensory experience for the 220 pupils and young adults who use Chailey Heritage’s educational, life skills, residential and day care services.

The appeal was launched back in September by Christopher Timothy, star of All Creatures Great and Small, and since then has been backed by corporate sponsors including Southern Water and Chandlers Building Supplies, who have even been selling pieces of special ‘Patchwork Farm puzzles’ in their branches.

Andrew Cope of Chandlers commented, ”Congratulations to Chailey Heritage Foundation for reaching their fundraising target; thank you to all our customers who bought pieces of our Patchwork Farm puzzles. We’re delighted to be continuing our support by working closely with our suppliers to provide the materials to complete the build of the farm.”

The funds were also boosted thanks to a European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development grant of £21,120 from the Central Sussex Leader Local Action Group. The Chairman, David Hurst commented: “Leader is all about funding exciting new projects that benefit the rural economy and communities. As well as supporting the young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation, this project will benefit the wider rural area through creation of employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities”.

Beverly Thompson from Southern Water commented, “We are so proud to be a part of the Patchwork Farm project. Southern Water has a long association with Chailey Heritage and is strongly supported by our employees – some of whom have personal connections with the Charity. Our volunteers are looking forward to helping make the farm something really special for all the service users and visitors”.

Paula Marten, who has helped spearhead the scheme as Head of Chailey Heritage School’s Hanbury Department, commented; “We are so very grateful for the fantastic support from the local community and from our corporate partners. We’re absolutely thrilled to have reached our target and to be able to start building the outdoor learning centre. However, funds are still needed to to help with things like animal sponsorship, equipment and some initial start up costs”.

Building work is scheduled to commence at the end of January, and the first of Patchwork Farm’s furry inhabitants should arrive in April, with an official opening expected in May. The farm will also be used to deliver life skills and independence courses and, in future, will be opened to the wider disabled community and nearby schools, so even more people can benefit from it.

Volunteering opportunities will also be available at the farm and the Charity is keen to hear from anyone interested in helping out. Paula added: “We’re really keen to get the community involved with Patchwork Farm to help spread its benefits even further and we’re always happy to hear from people who can support us with our work.”

To donate or get involved with the Patchwork Farm appeal visit www.chf.org.uk/patchwork or email fundraising@chf.org.uk; and for more details about volunteering, call Kerrie Smart-Jones on 01825 724444.