Swansea Community Farm will remain open as the only city farm in Wales thanks to a £50,000 grant we received from a charitable foundation. Staff and volunteers have dubbed the funder, who wishes to remain in the background, our very own ‘Secret Santa’.
Since July we have been appealing for support to remain open as the only city farm in Wales. Our ‘Save our Farm’ appeal aimed to raise £150,000 from the people and businesses of Swansea, Welsh Government, Swansea Council and grants from charitable trusts. By the end of October we raised just over £8,000 but this was well short of our target and so in November we renewed our appeal, needing to raise an additional £20,000 by Christmas or face closure in the new year.
“The response of the public has been amazing and we’ve raised over £11,000 since November with another £1,500 looking likely from businesses, who are now getting on board and backing the Farm. Then last week we applied for the grant for a contribution towards our core running costs and it succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Not only did we get a reply the day after submitting the bid, but we got more than we asked for! It’s fantastic news for the Farm and it means that we can continue our amazing work well into next year,” said a happy Farm Director, Phil Budd.
“Money raised for the appeal now totals over £70,000, and we’re busy planning for ways to earn more money from the work we do while keeping true to our aims as a small charity. We’ve got plans for exciting new projects, are preparing and planning for more funding bids and looking to build on the support we’ve had from the public. Our thanks to everyone who’s contributed to keeping the Farm open, especially our Secret Santa!”
If you can help and want to donate to the Farm, please go to Swansea Community Farm on Localgiving.com.
Thank you so much for everyone who has supported us through this very tough time and come and see us at the Farm soon.