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*Edit 3rd April: Thank you to everyone who has donated to our cause, the money you have helped us raise is now able to start being drawn out and put towards our running costs. We have finally arrived at our billing month and our financial admin at home has worked out that, provided we are receiving fruit and veg donations still, our weekly running costs will average from £15 - £20,000 each week. Don’t let that dishearten anybody who has helped us out so far, we are spreading the word as far as it can go and contacting media for backup on a daily basis. Whitehouse Farm isn’t going out without a fight!
Original post:* Hello everyone, I hope everyone is safe at home, looking out for each other and providing for themselves and their families as best as they can during these trying times.
As many of you are already well aware we made the decision to close our doors to the public this week following advice from the government. This has left us in a very difficult position with regards to the pay for our staff and the basic needs of the animals in our care such as feeding, heating and medication.
Any other time of year we would pull through this with sacrifice but sadly we did not yet get to experience our Easter break, which is where we pull in enough funding to cover our costs towards maintenance, animal care and the staff employed to watch over our animals.
We wish it didn’t have to come to this but should we need to remain shut even a couple months, Whitehouse Farm Centre faces closing permanently. We are down to minimal staff who remain on salary, as of now preparations are being made to sell off equipment and livestock just to ensure our remaining animals can be cared for.
If we have any hope of making it through to the end of this and reopening for all to come and enjoy when they feel safe to do so, we ask that you can give only what you can to keep us going that little bit longer.
Please look out for yourselves and your families first and only donate if you are able to.
Thank you everyone
- The Whitehouse Farm team
- Elizabeth Purcell Smith
- Laura Aston
- Dianne Carr
- Graeme Dawson