Helping Hooves social farm faces uncertain future

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A social farm that supports vulnerable children and school groups said it was facing financial pressures because of the crisis in the cost-of-living.

Little Eaton is home to Helping Hooves Derbyshire which is a non-profit organization.

It stated that it had noticed an increase in running expenses, utility bills, and feed costs for its horses, goats and sheep.

Bridget AdamsShaw, founder of the company, stated: “Times can be tough.”

Ms Adams Shaw said that the farm provided support for people suffering from substance and alcohol misuse, eating disorders, or people in need of mental health support.

She said, “They get involved with training and caring for animals, bushcraft conservation, maintenance and general maintenance.”

“It’s a safe place where they feel they are able to escape from it all.

“However we face an uncertain tomorrow.

“The farm is becoming more expensive to run and take care of.

“For example, hay is costing us £280 per week and then we have £1,500-plus for actual hard feed, bedding and welfare for the animals.

“We are now having to pay rent and insurance, and it is becoming increasingly difficult.”

The farm also established a youth group during the pandemic.

They currently have 15 regular visitors aged between 5 and 18 who come to the farm to learn about nature conservation and care for animals.

Santa Tractor recently provided support for the farm.

Bridget stated, “We are extremely grateful.”

“Times are difficult for everyone, but especially the people who visit Helping Hooves.

“Our funding is tight, while the demand for the service grows.”

“Our primary concern is to feed the animals during winter.

“After all, there is no farm without animals.”

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