500 Club - Supporting Local Charities

Published: 30/01/2023

January's Donation - Double Donation Month!!

The first of our two donations goes to Sandy's Farm which is based in St Osyth, Essex.  Sandy's Community Care Farm was set up in 2020. As parents of children with learning difficulties the founders, Sandy and Gary knew first hand the calming and therapeutic effect animals can have on children. Having just moved to a bigger site, the farm has many plans not only providing a therapy farm for their local community but to provide placements for volunteers from organisations that support people with learning difficulties and neurodiverse backgrounds who would work alongside university students.
As you can see from the message below from Gary, the farm is over the moon to be selected for this month's donation and plan to spend your donation by growing food to support the local food bank. 'Thank you for your email what brilliant news !! Its so difficult being a new charity to get funding and this really means a lot to us, we are looking to purchase items for a Community Gardening project that will grow and give away any produce to local foodbanks.
Thank you so much all involved in nominating us. https://www.sandysfarm.org/

GO4 Cafe
Our second donation goes to The GO4 Cafe in Colchester.  You may well remember back in 2020 when we donated to GO4, due to lockdown they had to close the doors of their community cafe and turn their attention to delivering food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families in the Old Heath area of Colchester. Since then, the cafe is back up and running, they have started a bike kitchen where residents can come along and get their bicycles checked out and now are seeking funding for skills for life training.  Teaching people how to fix, plant, cook and be self sufficient which will benefit so many people struggling to maintain their everyday needs