The South of England Agricultural Society is celebrating a very successful year supporting Sussex-based charity, Jamie’s Farm.
The Society helped launch Jamie’s Farm newest location in Lewes which opened in spring this year. The Lewes site became the first rural site in the South East, and was open to complement the charity’s four existing farms across the UK. Jamie’s Farm’s four rural sites offer residential stays for disadvantaged young people, giving them the chance to thrive in a countryside setting.
As The South of England Agricultural Society’s ‘Charity of the Year’, it supported Jamie’s Farm by helping raise awareness through their network of members and supporters and contacts at other educational organisations, and providing them with an opportunity to fundraise at their various events, including the ever-popular South of England Show.
2019 Society President, Sir Richard Kleinwort who selected Jamie’s Farm as Charity of the Year commented: “It has been an honour to work with Jamie’s Farm and I am pleased to report what a very successful first year it has been for them. The charity has had such a positive impact on the lives of the 185 young people, from 17 organisations, that have visited to date. Children and teachers have since fed back about improved behaviour, mental wellbeing, self-esteem and engagement with school since visiting the farm.”
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited Jamie’s Farm this year as part of her role as Patron and shared with those in attendance that she grew up very close to the farm, and recalled riding through as a young child.
Jamie Feilden, CEO and Founder of Jamie’s Farm added: “The backing from The South of England Agricultural Society and its members has been fantastic. Working together has been very natural and we have dovetailed beautifully. They have helped significantly raise awareness for us in the local community and we could not have received a warmer welcome to the South.
“We are proud that 72% of the young people who visited Jamie’s Farm Lewes reported an increase in their mental wellbeing after their visit. By the time our first full academic year is complete we hope to have worked with around 450 disadvantaged young people. We look forward to continuing the vital work we do with young people across the South.”
The South of England Agricultural Society exists to support agricultural education and promote countryside learning across the southern counties of Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Berkshire. The South of England Agricultural Society is a registered charity. For more information on its aims, events and membership or to make a donation, please visit seas.org.uk. For more information on Jamie’s Farm visit www.jamiesfarm.org.uk.