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Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children (Registered Charity No. 325120) is our chosen local charity for this academic year and I’m delighted to be able to share with you more details about their wonderful work.

The charity was established in 1976 at Nethercott House, Devon, by children’s author Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare. Its mission is to teach primary school children where their food comes from by spending a whole week living and working as farmers on one of their three farms. Here the children are encouraged to embrace all aspects of farm life, from milking the cows to feeding the pigs, and in doing so, help develop essential life skills and knowledge, such as team work, self-esteem, and self-worth. Whilst staying on the farm, the children have the opportunity to experience new things, overcome their fears, build their confidence and independence and broaden their aspirations. Truly, it can be a life changing experience.

Exeter Cathedral School are proud to be able to support Farms for City Children. We will be hosting a range of fundraising events throughout the year, as well as taking collections for the charity at our major Cathedral Services. If you would like to support the work of the charity then you can buy your Christmas Presents via https://www.giveasyoulive.com/christmas and they will donate a percentage of your sales to the charity.

To kick things off, we are sending out a school wide request of wellies! Now that it’s that time of year when we pack away the summer clothes and wrap ourselves up to nice woolly jumpers, you may find that you, or someone you care for, have out grown your wellington boots! If this is the case, and the boots are still in fair condition, then we would love you to donate them to us, so that we can pass them on to Farms for City Children, who will make excellent use of them. There will be a collection box ready to welcome your clean wellington boots in the main hall starting from next Monday (19th) until the end of term.

Keep an eye out for future fundraising events, all of which will be advertised in the Newsletter, and in the termly calendar.

Thank you so much for your support!

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

Chaplain

16 November 2018
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