The appeal has raised £12,000 in under a week but a total of £30,000 is needed to save the farm. Manager Peter Armitage says there is ‘still long way to go’.
The community charity operates in St Ann’s and has been a popular attraction for more than 40 years in Nottingham’s city centre.
“It would be catastrophic if the farm had to close”
Fundraising and marketing manager Heather Slater
The farm is open seven days a week to visitors who can enjoy a slice of the countryside in the heart of Nottingham’s city centre. Stonebridge farm acts as a visitors, education and training centre.
Fundraising and marketing manager Heather Slater says it “would be catastrophic” if the farm had to close.
Not only would a closure see an impact on the animals and the local community but also on those who volunteer on the farm. It supports hundreds of people, including helping those with specific learning difficulties and mental health problems.
Heather feels volunteers would be marginalised and socially isolated because the farm gives them a safe space to go and express themselves.
Peter Armitage said that whilst the donations so far have been “amazing”, they are still not at all “safe” from closure.
Many families from Nottingham and surrounding areas like to enjoy the farm as a day out.
One parent explained the importance of the farm in teaching children to respect animals and how vital it is for people living in urban areas to have access to animals.
One sum of £500 came from The Nottingham Building Society, building on support it has provided to the charity for many years.
The team at the building society have also given over 100 volunteering hours to help the farm out, including sending employees from the head office to help build the farms Santa’s Grotto for Christmas.
- This year Stonebridge farm plans celebrate it’s 40th anniversary
- Stonebridge farm has 3 core goals: To empower the disadvantaged, protect the environment and to develop the local community
- The farm was set up in the late 1970s
Donations to save the farm can be done via the following methods:
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/stonebridgecityfarmappeal, or you can text ‘SBCF’ to 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’.