CLAAS support for farm-based respite charity

Nick Bishop, senior operations manager at the Papworth Trust, collecting the cheque from CLAAS staff

Nick Bishop, senior operations manager at the Papworth Trust, collecting the cheque from CLAAS staff. - Credit: Archant

A year-long fundraising campaign by an agricultural machinery firm has supported a farm which provides crucial respite for disabled people and their families.

Staff at CLAAS UK, based at Saxham, near Bury St Edmunds, spent the last 12 months supporting disability charity Papworth Trust with a series of fundraising events.

The company raised more than £8,300 which will support Papworth Trust’s Kerry Farm in the Welsh countryside.

CLAAS HR manager Sarah Steggall said it was “a great effort” from staff.

“As an agricultural company, we initially became aware of the Papworth Trust through hearing about Kerry Farm.

“Learning more about how Kerry Farm supports families and gives them a much-needed break, whilst learning about animals and the outdoors, seemed a fantastic idea to us.

“As a national company, we pick one charity per year which we all get behind and support in order to make a big difference to that charity.”

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The money raised came about through a number of fundraising events including a ‘Wear Purple for Papworth’, collections at corporate events, cake sales, raffles and afternoon teas.

Jo Revitt, the charity’s corporate partnership fundraiser, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved with the year-long fundraising organised by CLAAS UK.”