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Holloway’s city farm faces funding crisis

Freightliners, which has been closed since the middle of March, issues appeal for support

08 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Credit: Joel Davies 

ISLINGTON’S only city farm has issued an appeal for funds as the coronavirus lockdown hits finances.

The Freightliners City Farm, in Sheringham Road, Holloway, has been closed since mid-March meaning that income which usually comes through the onsite café, school visits and party bookings has dropped to nothing.

A majority of the staff have been put on furlough – the government’s job retention scheme which pays 80 per cent of wages – with only two people at the farm each day to complete essential animal care, gardening and site maintenance.

The farm, which is a registered charity, has to raise at least £7,000 each month to cover its costs.

Farm Projects Manager Peter Hall said: “Like many charities and small businesses the farm is facing significant financial challenge as a result of the necessary restrictions on social interactions and sudden closure.

“Without our café, school visits and corporate team days we are losing income that would usually help support the basic costs of running the farm and caring for the animals.”

People across the country have been undertaking the “2.6 challenge” which entails completing a physical challenge centred on that number.

The challenge was launched by a coalition of charities as the London Marathon was postponed, which raises millions of pounds each year.

Mr Hall has asked members of the public to attempt their own version of the challenge and donate to Freightliners via a Virgin Money giving appeal webpage. Donations can be made direct by post or email administration@freightlinersfarm.org.uk

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