Therapeutic farm seeks to raise funds

Droitwich Advertiser: Helping out with the animals at Gloverspiece: (from left) Lucinda Blackmore, Chloe Wood, Abigail Drew, Sophia Jackson and George Hemming. SP Helping out with the animals at Gloverspiece: (from left) Lucinda Blackmore, Chloe Wood, Abigail Drew, Sophia Jackson and George Hemming. SP

A FARM near Droitwich which provides therapeutic care for people with mental health and learning disabilities, is hoping to boost its profile in a bid to generate more funds for its work.

Gloverspiece Minifarm Ltd is seeking funding for its 11-acre site, which is home to a number of rescued animals that form part of the therapy on offer.

The farm is run by volunteers, who help vulnerable members of the community to learn how to care for the animals through courses and work experience placements.

It helps everyone from school and nursery children, to older people, young offenders, and groups or individuals with mental health issues, learning and behavioural disabilities.

The farm needs to generate £50,000 annually in donations and support, and it has employed a company to help it meet that target.

Nikki Hunt, director of Gloverspiece Minifarm Ltd said: “We specifically need to raise additional funds, not just for the on-going running costs of our 11 acre site, but to enhance and improve the facilities to make sure we are providing a clean, safe and suitable environment for our visitors.

“For example, we desperately need to commission builders to come and lay a hard wearing tarmac driveway to the main building, which would transform the access and experience of arrival to the site for groups on minibuses who are also in wheelchairs. The recent weather has really started to take its toll on our current driveway.

“In addition we desperately need to stock pile food for all our animals, which will help us keep going through the cold, dark and quieter months when we have less visitors coming and cash flow is slower.”

For information about Gloverspiece, or to get involved with the fundraising effort, visit: gloverspieceminifarm.co.uk/.

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