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COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the charitable sector with many charities desperately trying to alter their support services to fit ever changing guidelines. After witnessing the incredible resilience of the CAFT team this year, it came as no surprise to us that COVID-19 may have cancelled their Christmas party, but it certainly would not be cancelling Christmas all together at the farm.
A Christmas trail was created in place of their usual Christmas party for families to attend safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ian Eccles, Children’s Adventure Farm CEO – “We are very pleased and proud to have been able to reorganise our way of working to be able to continue supporting children and families during the current situation. Our outdoor Christmas experience has welcomed 16 school groups and 468 families. To be able to help so many children make magical Christmas memories at the end of this strange year, has been truly heart-warming.”
The trail began with each family receiving a map and visiting the outdoor animals. This included goats, alpacas, sheep and a new addition to the animal family called Truffle. A very large, very friendly 3-year-old pig!
The dark evenings created a wonderful atmosphere on the farm as fairy lights turned on to guide the children through the magical trail. After visiting the animals, the families were taken to an undercover section of the Woodlands. Here, the children made reindeer food and Christmas decorations to take home.
There was a fire pit for toasting marshmallows, a stage with music and a cheeky Elf Hunt! At the end of the trail the children met Santa Claus and received a special gift.
This year has brought isolation and anxiety to many of these families. The Children’s Adventure Farm however, brought them the magic of Christmas and memories to treasure forever.