Tim Grundy, the ex Piccadilly Radio programme-controller turned journalist and television presenter, had a wonderfully inspiring idea some years ago. He had visited an orphanage, and felt saddened by the lack of happiness on the children’s faces. Something must be done, he thought, to brighten these kids’ lives. He was determined to make a difference. The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) was the result of this idea. The farm was opened in 1992, after a lot of hard work and major refurbishment, and the 10 acre site enjoys a tranquil setting in the Cheshire countryside, at Millington, between Altrincham and Lymm.
Let Tim, Founder and Chairman of the Trust, tell it in his own words, taken from the 2002 video all about the work of this farm : “Back in 1985 a group of volunteers set up a charity that would provide holidays for truly needy children. Those holidays would be packed full of fun, laughter and joy; and after years of fund-raising they finally had enough money to buy a centre for those holidays, and the place they chose was the beautiful, 400 year old, Booth Bank Farm.”
Children, aged from 4 to 14, and in groups of 16 to 20, come for a week’s holiday in the farm. They are accommodated in comfortable bedrooms, and enjoy a wide variety of exciting activities. These include games in a modern sports hall, an outdoor adventure playground and assault course, meeting farm animals, collecting eggs for breakfast, exploring the woodland adventure trail, feasting at a barbecue, painting and drawing, watching films, exploring sights and sounds, and much moreCheshire. Last year, some 500 children enjoyed a residential holiday, but overall, with sports days and activity weekends, some 3,000 children visited the farm. Over the years many thousands of children have enjoyed this Cheshire paradise.
The CAFT is a registered charity,
and a professionally run organisation. It is, in its own special way, a self-contained
hotel, with trained and qualified staff, including carers for the children, and
a small team of fund-raisers. It has annual running costs of £650,000, and meeting these costs is a constant headache.
Tim Grundy sums up what has been achieved :-
“The success of the Children’s Adventure Farm is here for everyone to see. It’s written on the face of every child that stays here. It’s a shining example of how much can be achieved by shear determination towards one single goal : to give the holiday of a lifetime to needy, disadvantaged or terminally ill children, and to bring a ray of light into lives that, all too often, have known nothing but darkness.”
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For more information, phone 01565 830 053, or see their website www.caft.co.uk