Leyland Pumpkin Patch helps national children’s charity
Paul’s Farm Pumpkin Patch have named the national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) as their Charity of the Year to help raise vital funds as the charity celebrates 10 years of dedicated service.
Paul’s Farm is a small family run farm, with just over 300 acres of arable land, a 40 stable livery yard, a farm shop, fabrication business, honeybees and, of course, the annual October pumpkin patch.
Now entering their third year of opening the patch, the Leyland farm’s footfall is increasing year on year. The team have a unique approach from other patches in the local area as they aim to promote and educate visitors about farming and the countryside, as well as working with local businesses and charities wherever possible – charities like the Children’s Air Ambulance.
The Children’s Air Ambulance charity is changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care via the clinically designed helicopters, which provide a flying intensive care unit for babies and children.
“After approaching to wonderful team at Paul’s Farm Pumpkin Patch, we were lucky enough to be chosen at their Charity of the Year, which allows us to attend the farm in fancy dress and have a stall every weekend between 14 – 29 October,” explained TCAA Community Fundraising Executive, Kim Wright.
“We would love as many people as possible to come along and support the charity whilst pumpkin picking at this wonderful farm, there’s also a free tractor and trailer ride to the patch where you can pick your perfect pumpkin, fresh from the field. There’s lots of fun things to enjoy, including face painting, games, a spooky shop, photo opportunities and much, much more,” she added.
Paul’s Farm welcome around 1,500 visitors each weekend and run entirely with the help and support of a small army of volunteers.
On behalf of Paul’s Farm Pumpkin Patch, Tim Davies expressed:
“We’re thrilled to be supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance this year at Paul’s Farm Pumpkin Patch. Working with both local businesses and charities, wherever we can, is a core part of our ongoing mission to create a family friendly and community-based event.
“Our visitors are primarily families with young children. Whilst we hope they will never need to access the Children’s Air Ambulance, helping to raise awareness about the service and, at the same time being able to provide a platform for some fundraising, was extremely important to us.”