Owners of Canalside Farm, near Stafford have announced today, that they have taken the decision to make changes to their main Children in Need event this year, in order to keep everyone safe.
The Countryfile Ramble, which was originally going to take place on the 4th October, has now been cancelled, but the owners are still encouraging everyone take part, just in a slightly different way.
Co-owner of the farm Anna Barton explains: “We would still love everyone to come to the Farm and join in, but instead of all doing it together on one day, we are asking people to come across the whole month of October. This way people can complete the walk in their own individual small groups, and still raise money for charity.”
The family-run farm, who have been growing their own produce for over 35 years, completed their first ever ramble in 2018, and featured on the BBC Countryfile programme last year.
This year they want to make sure that the charity doesn’t suffer and that they still raise as much money as possible.
Anna continues: “There will be walk cards that people can collect from the Farm Shop and Café throughout October, giving clear instructions on how to complete the walk. Then donation buckets will be located around the Farm so that people can then donate or place the sponsorship money they have collected.
“Hopefully then we can still raise lots of money for Children in Need, and give them the final total in November.”
People can chose from 6 different walks that start and end at the Farm, ranging in distance from a quick 1 mile stroll to a more ambitious 5 mile walk, all of which take in various different local beauty spots and stunning scenery either along the Canal or via Cannock Chase.
Refreshments such as tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches will be available to buy outside from the Café from 9am to 4pm.
Anna concluded: “We realise that this has been a very strange and difficult year for everyone. So we wanted to give everyone something positive to focus on and to hopefully motivate them to exercise every day.
“There couldn’t be a more important time to stay fit and well, and we realise that exercise is not only good for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing too. So what better ‘feel good’ factor than to keep fit and raise money for charity at the same time.”
Since the BBC started Children in Need they have raised a staggering £972 million, helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.
Canalside Farm is located in Great Haywood, just 6 miles from Stafford. It is situated just off the A51, between Stone and Rugeley or from the Stafford direction, follow the signs for Tixall and Great Haywood (postcode ST18 0RQ). The Farm Shop and Café are open every day from 9am to 4pm.
For further information please telephone 01889 881747 or log onto the their website www.canalsidefarm.co.ukEnjoy more Towpath Talk reading in the monthly paper. Click here to subscribe.