PEPPERMINT SODA DIGS DEEP FOR THE CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE FARM TRUST
Posted By Andy Smith
There are some well-earned aching muscles and tired bones at Peppermint HQ today.
Yesterday, five of our Peppermints trundled down to the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) for a hard day’s graft – all in the name of charity.
Armed with wheelbarrows and spades, we set about on a range of playground maintenance work. We started our day by digging up the foundations of the children’s spider climbing frame, preparing it for a new base and making the area safer for guests. A couple of hours, a few nuisance tree roots, and a packet of Mini Cheddars each later, we finished phase one of the day!
Next up, we swapped our spades for paint brushes and hammers and began staining the play equipment’s outlying timber. After hammering a new ground covering to the freshly stained timber, our very own Head of Creative, Ben Martin, had the honour of laying the first (of 86 bags!) of gravel.
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust – based at Boothbank Farm on the outskirts of Altrincham – provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. The farm gives children the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime and is a special place where illness and sorrow can be forgotten.
It was truly heart-warming to see first-hand the facilities on offer and the passion that the CAFT staff have. The opportunity to lend a hand for a day was extremely rewarding and some of us even discovered that we’re actually not too bad with a spade and hammer, so there’s no more DIY dodging for us!
CAFT requires £1 million a year just to keep its doors open. As such, it welcomes any fundraising ideas and opportunities. To find out how you can get involved visit http://www.caft.co.uk/holidays-with-us.