THE PEPPERMINTS GO DOWN TO THE FARM

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Every now and then, we Peppermints like to take a break from the office and give something back to the community. Last week, we donned our most sensible clobber and took ourselves off to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust in Millington to lend a helping hand.

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is a wonderful charity which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. It gives them the opportunity to enjoy things that they might not get to in their daily lives, while affording their parents some respite at home.

The centre has a huge range of facilities and activities on offer – a sports hall, art room, barbecue area, sensory garden, games room, music room, multi-sensory suite and nature reserve. But it was the adventure playground that was our workplace for most of the day.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the lovely Helen and Alistair who, before taking us over to playground, explained that on Sunday they were to hold an open day with 1,000 guests expected. They wanted the place looking spick and span so, armed with paint brushes, we took to sprucing up the woodwork surrounding the zip wire and swings.

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After a quick spot of lunch, we swung by the donkeys and alpacas’ home – and we think Andy made a new friend in Candy! We were then given the grand tour of the centre by Alistair and were impressed with all the work that goes in to ensuring that the children who come here have the best holiday ever. Many of the children who come to CAFT don’t get the opportunity to play with their friends often or enjoy regularly holidays, so it’s important for the staff at the Trust that these happy memories are created and they can look back on their time there with a smile.

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With that in mind, it was time to get back to work. We finished off our painting and were pretty proud of our skills – and you could say the playground brought out our inner children as we couldn’t leave the site without a go on the zip wire!

Finally, we flew off to the aviary to give the birds a cleaner stomping ground before rounding off the day with a spot of damson-picking for Andy – with the promise of damson gin at Christmas!

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We’d like to send our heartfelt thanks to the team at CAFT for having us for the day and look forward to coming back at Christmas to celebrate with the children.

To find out how you can get involved with this outstanding charity, get in touch with them here.