A Year Down On The Farm

And what a year it was.  As we pass on the Bath Building Society Charity of the Year crown to our successors, the amazing Bath-based charity VOICES, we wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to the staff, members and customers of Bath Building Society for their dedicated support.  We are absolutely delighted and forever grateful for the £6,440 raised for the farm.

Back in July 2018 we attended the Mayors Parlour where we met other successful charities, Bath Building Societies Chief Executive Kevin Gray, representatives of the Bath Rotary Club and of course the Mayor himself.   This was an amazing experience, especially for one of our young volunteers Emma, who felt proud to represent the farm and have the opportunity to talk to local dignitaries about the work she does on the farm.  It was also genuinely lovely to see the close relationship and passion for supporting charitable causes in the local community shared by Bath Building Society and the Bath Rotary Club.

Throughout the year, our partnership has presented many opportunities to raise valuable funds, but equally important, the opportunity to educate and raise awareness in the Bath community.  There has been lots of support from the staff, customers and members of Bath Building Society, plenty of opportunities for the Farm to raise its profile, and for dedicated people who give so much to the farm to represent us in helping the Society to raise funds.

Liz from our office gave a reading for the Rotary Carol Service at Bath Abbey, volunteers helped collect money at the Rotary’s Fireworks Event and two trustees attended Charity Race Night at Lansdown Racecourse.  On top of all this, I was delighted to accept a cheque from the Rotary Club at their annual general meeting.  

The farm costs over £250,000 per year to run and much of the funds we raise are restricted to spending on targeted projects for people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and young people facing disadvantage.  Unrestricted funding, like the extra money raised by Bath Building Society, is vital to help us maintain the beautiful 37 acre site and community buildings we to run to support these projects and allow local residents and schools to learn about food, farming and nature.

We will put the funds raised to good use, to maintain, improve and develop our infrastructure to annually benefit 27,000 visitors, 4000 school children, 10,000 attending community events and 2250 people accessing our targeted programmes.

Thanks again for choosing us to be your Charity of the year, we had a great time working with you all and getting to know you. 

In Community

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