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Thu 07 Sep 2017

Adventure farm creates life-changing holidays for terminally ill children

FOR many of the children visiting CAFT, near Lymm, it will be their first holiday. For some, it will be their last.

That is why the charity and its supporters work so hard to create fun, memorable experiences for the families who visit. The 10 acre patch is home to llamas, goats, chickens and an aviary of birds. But there is also a games room, farmhouse, adventure trail, art room and sensory suite.

Helen Crowther from CAFT said: “The llamas can be a bit feisty but they are very protective and the children like petting them.

“One of the key things is having space. A lot of visitors come from inner city areas and what they enjoy most is being in the fields. The first thing they usually want to do is go to the pond and feed the ducks.”

The farm will welcome around 2,500 children this year including terminally ill youngsters, those with disabilities and victims of violence and abuse. The charity must raise at least £1 million each year to stay open.

Helen added: “We hear some terrible stories and these children can become so isolated. But we can show them that there is more to life. Some join new clubs when they go back home and we see some unlikely friendships formed.

“Often they arrive nervous and quiet but within hours they become more confident and independent and make friends for life here.

“The main thing is to give these children life experiences they might otherwise miss out on.”

To find out more or donate visit caft.co.uk.