Everything is going swimmingly at Chailey Heritage’s New Duck Pond

Everything is going swimmingly this week at local charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation, as they see the completion of a new duck pond within their therapeutic Patchwork Farm, courtesy of local firm, Chandlers Building Supplies.

The duck pond has been rebuilt and replaced with the help of the builders’ merchant, Chandlers, long-time supporters of the charity that educates and cares for children and young people with complex disabilities and high health needs.

The charity’s old and very small fibreglass pond needed to be emptied and scrubbed every single week, so the Chailey Heritage team have dug a nice big natural pond and equipped it with a solar fountain that will be have more of a natural maintenance system, as well as adding a sensory element for the children and young people. The pond is more than just a place for the children and young people to sit and relax but acts as an experiential area that helps soothe the pupils and residents and improve their well-being.

Sponsor an animal or lend a hand?

The farm is reliant on volunteers to help run it as well as donations from the public and corporate sponsors. As part of the fundraising activity, Chailey Heritage is offering the opportunity to sponsor the animals on the farm – from pigs, goats and guinea pigs to sheep and donkeys.

Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director for Chailey Heritage Foundation, comments, “We are incredibly grateful to Chandlers Building Supplies for their generous support; without them, the new duck pond would not have happened. As a charity, we are dependent on the amazing support of both the community and local organisations to help us give the children and young people at Chailey Heritage facilities such as the farm and therapeutic horse riding, which not only help their physical health but also have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. It is also wonderful for our team and volunteers to see the pleasure that the farm and other outdoor pursuits bring to the children and young adults.”

Sue McKinney, Head of Marketing at Chandlers comments, “We were delighted to help support Chailey Heritage with supplies and equipment for the new duck pond. We have seen firsthand the impact of facilities such as Patchwork Farm on the children and young people’s wellbeing and were delighted to be able to help by adding an extra element with the duck pond.”

If you would like to sponsor an animal at Chailey Heritage’s Patchwork Farm, please visit: www.chf.org.uk/animal-sponsorship or get in touch with the fundraising team on 01825 724752.

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