Bury St Edmunds charity’s farm open day pulls in the crowds and funds

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: People who helped put the day on ANL-150908-222043009

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: People who helped put the day on ANL-150908-222043009

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An open day for a Bury St Edmunds charity’s educational farm raised hundreds of pounds and attracted offers of support from the community.

About 330 people could see a variety of animals, enjoyed bouncy castles, stalls and other family fun at The Crack On Foundation’s Field of Dreams, in Thurston.

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: Peter and Sophie (3) Ashdon ANL-150908-221923009

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: Peter and Sophie (3) Ashdon ANL-150908-221923009

The site, on land off Beyton Road, will act as a training site and educational resource for disadvantaged young people and adults who will be able to grow produce and look after animals.

The charity already provides work opportunities through its shops in the area including in Brentgovel Street, Bury and a warehouse facility, in Thetford.

Mark Byford, CEO of Crack On, said the event brought in £342 and they have nearly reached their £15,000 fund-raising target.

He said: “We were really pleased with it. The big thing was getting people through the door and getting them to understand what we’re trying to achieve. We had lots of knowledgeable people who came forward (to offer help). It was an abundance of knowledge and we had such a lovely day with the sunshine.”

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: Ryan Stevenson (12) ANL-150908-222000009

The Crack on Foundation farming open day''Pictured: Ryan Stevenson (12) ANL-150908-222000009

He added that the project aims to provide young people with practical outdoor work experience and gives those who are potentially isolated the chance to mix with others, which inturn boosts their confidence.

The site will officially launch at an open day on Sunday, August 30 from 10am to 4pm. Mr Byford said they now aim to raise a further £5,000 to create a borehole to provide running water at the site.

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