Farm shop’s charity pop up market and family fun day to help Nepalese schools

Pictured are Ally Hemesley, Maxine Brown, Jo Barnes, Romulus the Nigerian dwarf goat and Sue Leighton

A Pocklington farm shop is hosting a pop up market to raise funds for Nepalese schools. 

The Mile Farm Shop is holding a pop up market and family fun day on Saturday, June 5, to raise funds for Helping Hands for Nepal, a small group helping local Nepali organisations enhance education. 

Organised by York women Maxine Brown and Sue Leighton, the event will feature 25 Yorkshire stall holders selling crafts, gifts, and curios. There will also be children’s mini tank driving with Mini Tank Heroes and Nigerian dwarf goat walking. 

“Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake in 2015 and many lives were lost. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across the country.

“I joined a small international group of volunteers in Kathmandu, organised by a Nepalese friend, Gokul Thapa, and we trekked to a rural village in Rasuwa District,” said Mrs Brown, who also sells Nepalese-made goods in the UK to raise additional funds for the charity. 

“Semjong village school was destroyed in the quake and the children were learning in an open sided cattle shelter. We helped to build them a new school and equipped it with new books, stationery and a computer. That was the start of a fund-raising journey that has raised over £3,000 since 2015. 

“Nepal’s children have many barriers to education. We are raising awareness to help the local people build and equip new schools. The proceeds from this event will be used to help with local projects, so we’re very grateful to Jo and Colin for hosting us.” 

Jo Barnes, who runs the Mile farm shop, café and campsite with husband Colin, said: “We’re very lucky to have access to good quality education for our children. It’s good to be able to help children who are less fortunate than ours by hosting this event for Helping Hands for Nepal.” 

The pop up market and family fun day will take place in the grounds of the farm shop on The Mile in Pocklington between 11am and 4pm on June 5.

Entry to the event is free and refreshments will be available from the Mile Café and a barbecue. Stall holders at the event include Butterflies Chocolates, Fetlock and Feathers, Tins ‘n’ Tubes, Mini Tank Heroes, Crafty Little Miss, Kind Hearted, DIY Terrariums, Flamingo Paperie, Stitched by Lynne, AmaDablam Cashme and Dizzy Rich Designs. 

Helping Hands for Nepal have been raising awareness and funds to help local Nepali organisations enhance education through the sale of locally produced products via Mrs Brown’s business, AmaDablam, since 2015.

Profits from AmaDablam’s sales support a young girl in Kathmandu to remain in education and are also returned to Semjong Village school each year. For the last two years, each child at the Semjong village school has received a warm winter jumper. 

The Mile is owned and run by the Barnes family who have farmed in the area for decades. In addition to the café and farm shop, it is also home to a feed barn, a Fuji photo and gift studio and a two-acre camp site that is open all year round.

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