We smashed our Big Give target of £25,000 and raised a brilliant £26,494.31 for Patchwork Farm! Thank you so much for your support during the campaign.
Every donation made through The Big Give website between 30 November and 7 December was matched by our brilliant charity pledgers. A special thanks goes to Thorne Group, Adavirtual, Sunninghill Construction, the Personal Travel Agents, E3 Events, Finance Planning, and Creative Pod and our Big Give Charity Champion, Candis Magazine, who have between them helped us to achieve our goal.
Jemma Smith, a teacher at CHF said: “The Farm is fully accessible to children and young people with complex physical disabilities and high health needs. The interaction with the animals means they can help to look after things that move and grow; an essential part of growing up.
We also see real improvements in communication and mobility skills, as a result of visits to the farm. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing resource on site”.
The farm was officially opened in 2016 by actor Christopher Timothy who starred as the vet James Herriott in the original BBC series “All Creatures Great and Small”.
Today Patchwork Farm is home to all sorts of animals from guinea pigs to donkeys and from chickens to sheep. The very special therapy farm has created some unique friendships like the one between 18-year-old Finn Humphrey and a Shetland pony called NicNac. Their bond has helped to improve Finn’s communication skills and help him express his preferences.