£1,000 Helps MFT To Purchase a Cultivator Attachment For Tractor – March 9, 2017

Tim Freathy (centre), director of the Millennium Farm Trust, with (behind him) donors Geoff Pollard (left)  from The Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds and Andrew Hunter (right) from Bury Physio, surrounded by MFT staff and Farm Helpers.

Bury Physio has donated the funding for a brand new tractor for the Millennium Farm Trust (MFT) based at Rookery Farm, Depden, which offers structured, work-based experience to ‘Farm Helpers’ with learning disabilities.

The Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds donated £1,000 to help buy a cultivator attachment for the tractor.

Tim Freathy, director of MFT, said: “MFT is going from strength to strength and this is a fantastic boost to our activities. We are so grateful for the support from Bury Physio and the Rotary Club. Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd have given us a generous discount on the purchase price of the tractor and Bury Physio made up the rest of the cost.

“The tractor will help us grow more vegetables for our veg box scheme, to be launched in the coming months. This will provide commercial outlet for our fresh produce – vegetables, salads and fruit. It  will also be used by the farm helpers to manage the mountains of compost our animals produce.

“This means a great deal to our farm helpers. We will spend less time digging and barrowing, and more time growing. And we’ll need all of that time if we are to deliver on our veg boxes to local people.”

Andrew Hunter, a partner at Bury Physio said: “We are delighted to extend our support of MFT for another year. It is a great local charity and plays an important role in the community.”

Geoff Pollard, Chairman of the Rotary Community Committee, said: “The Rotary Club of Bury St Edmunds is always keen to give financial support to local charities so when we heard that MFT needed a cultivator for their new tractor, we were delighted to make their wish come true. We are pleased that our donation will help to make life easier for the Farm Helpers at Depden.”

To find out more, visit the MFT website at http://www.m-f-t.org.uk



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