Sunday, 21 October 2018

Hundreds help farm charity

THE annual open day at Chalkhouse Green Farm has raised almost £4,000.

THE annual open day at Chalkhouse Green Farm has raised almost £4,000.

More than 800 people attended the event last Sunday.

The money raised will be donated to Soundabout, a charity that helps disabled children learn through music and was set up by the farms’ owners, Johnny and Sarah Hall.

Donkeys Monty and Magic gave rides around the grounds of the farm and there were also working demonstrations with heavy horses and vintage tractors.

Marigold, the curly coated pig, and Alice, the Berkshire sow, both brought their piglets, which were on hand to be petted by children.

The event featured a plant sale and cream teas as well as tractor and trailer rides.

Mrs Hall said: “The weather was fantastic, which would have helped with the tremendous attendance figures.

“Lots of families attended as kids get in free; some even turned up before we started at 2pm.

“It’s great fun for the kids as there are animals, as well as the swimming pool and tennis courts.

“It was a pleasure to host the event. No one even needed a plaster or dropped any litter.

“We started the charity as our son son Thomas could not communicate by talking but through music and rhythm he could.

“It started off quite small but the charity has has now helped more than 7,000 children across the country.

“Now we’re even working with newborn babies as soon as they’ve been diagnosed.”

Mrs Hall paid tribute to more than 30 volunteers who gave up their time to help run the event.

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