Each year SFYFC chooses charities close to our heart to support throughout the year by holding various fund raising events.
2016 - 2017
We are currently supporting the following charities; Oak Farm, Midlands Air Ambulance and Breast Cancer Care.
Oak Farm, Ditton Priors
Oak Farm, in the picturesque village of Ditton Priors, is a working farm run by Shropshire Council. It is a day service for adults with learning disabilities who live in South Shropshire. People who use the service travel from Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Church Stretton and the surrounding areas.
Oak Farm is a 12 hectare (30 acres) smallholding run on organic principles, producing high quality vegetables and fruit, some of which is made into jams and chutneys on site. It also has livestock, including sheep, pigs, alpacas, rabbits and a pony, as well as a flock of 150 free-range laying hens.
Oak Farm sells its fruit, vegetables, eggs and preserves from its own farm shop, and through other local outlets.
Oak Farm provides training and work experience in horticulture and agriculture for people who may move on to permanent employment, and a supportive placement for others who, because of their disability, are unlikely to seek mainstream work.
Oak Farm seeks to maximise opportunities for service users and foster a spirit of integration with the local community.
Oak Farm offers an Animal Care course for people attending the farm, run by Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology. Students undertake their training at the farm.
Midlands Air Ambulance
Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
Since 1991, the charity has responded to more than 46,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK.
The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90 per cent of the region is within reach within eight minutes.
If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.
What is not widely known is that Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands Air Ambulance mission costs £2,500 and in excess of £7 million is needed each year to keep its three air ambulances operational, which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with four in ten of those we help funded by Gifts in Wills.
The charity is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, but never takes this for granted. Winning and keeping hearts and minds is an essential and constant challenge. That is why it regards the real ‘helicopter heroes’ as not only the aircrew, but those often unsung ground heroes, its fundraisers.
Breast Cancer Care
We are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.
We want every person affected by breast cancer to get the best treatment, information and support.
2015 - 2016
In 2015 - 2016 SFYFC raised £5,000 for each of their charities; RABI and The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.