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Sacrewell Farm in Thornhaugh gets £50,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help with effects of coronavirus lockdown

Sacrewell Farm has received a £50,000 cash boost from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the lockdown, the farm in Thornhaugh was unable to welcome visitors, participants or to carry out fundraising activities. Funds raised from the farm are usually reinvested into the upkeep of the site and the livestock, which is what the donation from the Lottery has gone towards.

General manager Lee Scowen said: “Thanks to The National Lottery and its players we can now continue our work here at Sacrewell Farm.

Children at Sacrewell
Children at Sacrewell

“In previous years we’ve hosted farm camp, young farmer’s apprentice sessions, protected rare breeds and had introduced generations of families to food and farming. We also have a resident blacksmith and craft workshops.

“We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund in supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The farm run by William Scott Abbott Trust has been run as a charity since 1964 with the aims of connecting people of all ages with the science, heritage and practical art of the agricultural sector, giving them valuable insights into the farm to fork journey.

It reopened to the public on Saturday (July 4) and passholders the day before.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Sacrewell Farm during this uncertain time.”

Like Sacrewell Farm, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of Covid-19 on local communities across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is currently open to applications for its Heritage Emergency Fund. To find out more visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19

To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-respons


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