Sheffield firm finances farm stay for youngsters

Wilson Field with children at Whirlow Hall Farm
Wilson Field with children at Whirlow Hall Farm

Pony riding and a night down on the farm gave pupils from a Sheffield school a special experience, thanks to staff at a city firm.

Twelve Walkley Primary School pupils got to meet animal residents of Whirlow Hall Farm, and stayed there overnight in a bunkhouse.

It was down to the farm charity’s 480 club that encourages schools from disadvantaged areas to visit the facility.

Wilson Field, a city insolvency and business turnaround company, signed up for the club and then fund-raised, to allow groups of youngsters to enjoy a great break from routine.

Nick Wilson, managing director at Wilson Field, said: “The farm and its charity provides an outstanding learning experience.

“For many young visitors it was the first time they will have visited a farm or the countryside. Many of the children live in a secure and loving environment but their parents simply cannot afford holiday breaks.”

The 480 club only includes schools with 25 per cent or more children entitled to free school meals, or are special schools.

Some are located in areas of social deprivation and poverty where the crime rate is high: children can suffer from the consequences of anti-social behaviour and substance abuse. In turn, this can impact on their personal development and self-esteem.

Walkley Primary School deputy head Chris Wallis said: “Walkley pupils have benefited from the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust residential for years and the 480 scheme helps all pupils to access the wonderful Whirlow experience.”

For details about the Whirlow Hall Farm 480 Club, email eventsenquiries@whirlowhallfarm.org or alternatively, call 0114 235 2678.