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17 May 2016

Canford Pupils raise funds for High Mead Farm

Pupils from Canford School, Wimborne, have raised £464 in support of local community project High Mead Farm.  This therapeutic farm offers a range of farming activities for those with learning disabilities and mental health issues.  As a working farm it promotes the benefits of working with animals, soil and nature and the responsibility of running the farm brings a sense of well-being and self-worth to all who become part of it.  

The school is one of six closely associated with the farm, and Sixth Formers have been spending Monday afternoons there as part of their community service work.   Among recent projects they have been involved with are helping to organise the annual country fair and digging the foundations for a new pond.

This year pupils fund raised in a number of ways – designing, creating and selling beanie hats and sourcing and delivering weekly boxes of fruit and vegetables to staff at the school.  Working with the school’s Business Studies department, pupils researched and wrote business plans for their schemes and pitched their business ideas successfully to Adam Mowe, the marketing manager for World First.  They then marketed and sold their stock.  Two Canfordians, Polly Hubble and Max Johnson, presented the cheque to farm founder Mark Gregory on behalf of the school.

Mark said he was sure to put the money to good use:

“It would be great to use these funds for a particular project, perhaps to help replace much needed parts for our Moroccan party tent.  Therapy comes in many different forms, and we have seen just how much all our visitors benefit from enjoying themselves in a relaxing atmosphere.  Enjoying a party and the opportunity to socialise as a community is an important element of what we offer here. 

Now in our fourth year, we are very pleased with what we have achieved so far at High Mead and have lots of plans to expand it further with a new pond, more land and more animals.   We are totally reliant on the help we receive, both financial and in terms of time, and we are very grateful to the pupils and staff at Canford School for their ongoing support.”

Dave Allen, Director of Community Action at Canford, said:

“Canford is delighted and honoured to have High Mead Farm as one of its school community projects.  Our pupils gain a real sense of pride in helping to develop the facilities at the farm and also really enjoy talking to the visitors each week and seeing just how much they gain from being part of its community.   Thank you to everyone at High Mead for making us all feel so welcome.”

For more information about High Mead Farm, please visit www.highmeadfarm.org.uk

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