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We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £5,000 with 166 supporters in 42 days

To support more children with autism and additional needs and their families. The money would enable us to help specialist schools.

by Move the Mind in Babington, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

1st place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £2,500 Category

What is the need for your project in the community? How will your project improve local life?
We hold regular farm days where we invite the communities from the local villages. We raise awareness for autism and neurological conditions. There is nothing like us for miles around, one of our families travels from Cornwall (about 4 hours) to get to us for sessions to help their son.

What support do you have from the local community for your project?
We have lots of retired teachers and professionals volunteering for us. We provide a safe environment free of sensory triggers for children with autism, anxiety, additional needs.

Who will benefit from your project?
We are currently helping 40 families and 5 schools, extending the barn would enable us to help 100+ children and lots more schools. Not only do we help children in need but their families, please read 'what the parents say' section of the website.

Tell us more about your project and how it will benefit your community if you are successful.
I have already some lottery funding to pay for some of the barn this grant would top it up and enable us to pay for the entire project. The project would be complete in the next 6 months. Our future plans are to help as many families that are struggling as we possibly can. Please take a look at our website at the 'what the families say' section, I feel this explains very well the work we do and how desperate families are for our help.

Please give a breakdown of the costs of your project.
Wooden seating/benches built for parents and carers to sit on to watch their children ride and interact with the animals- £1300
A soft surface laid on the floor of the barn for children to ride in the barn, also great soft landing for climbing hay bales! -£1182
delivered surface including VAT -£200 8x large hay bales to go around the outside of the barn for children to play
Post and rail Fencing to go around the sensory garden, Fencing is needed to stop the animals eating the willow and to provide a quiet, safe space for children. Materials - £710
Wooden planters with eatable herbs round the outside of sensory garden £500.
Large safe logs to sit on inside the large willow dome £200
Total cost = £4,092

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