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Our story started back in 1985, when CAFT founder Tim Grundy was inspired to create a special place where terminally ill, disabled and socially disadvantaged children could have a break away from their circumstances. Tim was inspired whilst donating toys to a local centre supporting young children, he asked “Is there anything else these children need?” The response: “What these kids really need is a holiday, but they’ll never get the opportunity.” In 1992, after years of hard work fundraising and renovating, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust was ready to receive the first children for a holiday at the Farm.
CAFT helps children of all abilities aged 17 and under, children who through no fault of their own miss out on the normalities of childhood. Children with complex and severe physical or learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds, children who have witnessed or faced abuse. Children who act as young carers and sadly, children who have already faced bereavement. For these children, a break at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust provides a fantastic and much needed opportunity to escape the traumas of their everyday life and for a few days they can simply be children again.
Whether the children are here for just a day or a few days, there is an amazing array of things to see and do. Our 10 acre site is the perfect place for children to create, explore and play. From swings and roundabouts to alpacas and donkeys. Messy play in the art room and bouncing down the inflatable slide. Pirates on the galleon and rock-stars in the music room. What we provide goes so much further than just a holiday or a fun day; it is the memories that will last a lifetime.
Our work is not possible without the kind generosity of our supporters. It costs in excess of £1million per year to fund the Farm and we receive no statutory funding. We rely solely on voluntary contributions. The donations we receive provide children with a safe space, fun and games and most importantly, respite from the pain, illness, deprivation and bereavement faced in their everyday lives. A visit to CAFT gives brave children memories to cherish in the hard times, memories that bring joy in sorrow, memories to last a lifetime. To find out more about what we do and how you can get involved, please visit www.caft.co.uk or call 01565 830053.
And from all at The Children's Adventure Farm Trust, thank you for your support.