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School children benefit from life on the farm

A group of Sheffield school children have been given the chance to spend three days at Whirlow Hall Farm, thanks to funding from Westfield Health.

Pupils from Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary School visited the farm as part of Whirlow Hall Farm Trust’s 480 campaign.

Westfield Health chairman Graham Moore paid a special visit to see the children, who spent time helping out on the farm, meeting the animals and riding the farm’s ponies.

Graham said: “It was fantastic to be able to visit the pupils from Watercliffe Meadow to see first-hand how much they enjoyed their time at Whirlow Hall Farm.

“The 480 campaign gives children the opportunity to experience something new, which can make such a difference to their lives, so we’re delighted to support such a worthwhile and beneficial cause.”

The 480 campaign is an essential part of Whirlow Hall Farm Trust’s fundraising efforts, with companies and individuals each donating £480 to the Trust – half the cost of a two day stay for a group of school children. Without the donations, many schools would be unable to afford to visit the farm.

Westfield Health has previously supported the 480 campaign, having recently made a donation to enable pupils from Talbot Special School to spend time at the farm in September.

Ben Davies, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust chief executive, said: “We are really grateful to Westfield Health and were thrilled that Graham was able to visit and meet the pupils who have directly benefited from the donation. He was able to see just what an enormous impact it had made.

“Many of our young visitors won’t have experienced the countryside before and a trip to Whirlow may be their only chance to hold a freshly laid egg, groom a pony or simply walk through a field of sheep.

“For others it’s the opportunity to learn outside a traditional classroom environment that helps bring them out of their shell and provide a sense of achievement.

“But all young visitors leave us having experienced the countryside, learned about farming, and with lungs full of fresh air. The 480 campaign is absolutely critical to achieving that.”

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is an environmental and educational charity, providing a unique learning experience for over 10,000 children and young people from a disadvantaged background each year.

Whirlow Hall Farm visit
Graham Moore from Westfield Health and Ben Davies from Whirlow Hall Farm, with children from Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary School

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