One of the Vale’s best-kept secrets, Amelia Trust Farm, is to introduce a pilot asking for a small financial contribution from visitors to the Farm at weekends and school holidays to help it cover its costs.
For 27 years this amazing Care Farm has been helping vulnerable people, as well as providing generations of parents with a precious green space to visit with their children.
The registered charity, based on the Five Mile Lane, receives no statutory funding and relies on grants and generous donations to run the Farm and carry out the vital work they do with young people in the South Wales area.
It costs over £8,000 a week to run the Farm and deliver their projects. If everyone contributes to enter the Farm on their visit, they will be well on their way to raising the £40,000 target they have set for this year to maintain and develop it.
Karen Turnbull the Farm Director has stated:
“In the current economic climate, it is very difficult to sustain the upkeep of a 160 acres site. We have more than 20 different species of animals to feed and look after as well as supporting many different projects for vulnerable people throughout the year. The work we do is vital to a cross section of young people in South Wales who feel excluded from society. With our help, 84% of these young people move on to further education, training or employment after spending time on placement at the Farm.”
The pilot will start this Easter holidays on Good Friday the 30th of March 2018. There will be a modest entrance charge of £2 per adult and £1.50 per child over 2 years or £5 for a family ticket ( two adults and up to three children). Also, on offer will be a fantastic Friend of the Farm membership deal for regular customers. For just £5 per month Friends of the Farm members will receive a Family ticket for free entry throughout the year including special events, 5% discount off children’s party packages and a free monthly newsletter to keep up to date on what is happening at the Farm.
Amelia Trust Farm has a long and successful history of supporting vulnerable people from South Wales. They are hoping that this initiative will help raise valuable income to keep the Farm open to all their wonderful and loyal visitors and of course ensure they are able to develop and continue this valuable work.
To find out more please visit: www.ameliatrust.org.uk #HelpGrowAmeliaFarm
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