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Jamie’™s Farm opens its gates to the public

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Box charity Jamie’s Farm held an open day on Saturday to allow the public to learn more about the work it does supporting vulnerable children.

Great-gran Sylvia Clemson, daughter Ree Clemson, grandaughters Tianna and Kirsty Turner and baby Aubrey enjoy a day out Around 250 people visited Hill House Farm, in Ditteridge, which offers children aged between eight and 18 a chance to swap the inner city for life on the farm for a week.

During their stay the children, who are referred to Jamie’s Farm by their schools, improve their self-esteem and confidence in a family environment.

At the open day a group of children who stayed at the farm spoke of their experiences, while visitors also toured the grounds and met the farm animals.

Former teacher Jamie Feilden, 31, said: “It was a really good day and it was great to get so many local people out to support us.”

Dominic Krawczyk introduces visitor Mary Sanders to one of the hens Many people signed up to be volunteers at the open day and lots also wanted to find out more about the charity’s Cock and Bull festival in July.

Mr Feilden said: “We ran the festival for the first time last year. It was amazing and 100 per cent of the money going to the work of Jamie’s Farm.”