Farm project FAB Broadlands needs votes to win share of People's Millions

Published on: 07 Nov 2014

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A Keynsham community farming project at a local school is in the running for a cash windfall of nearly £50,000 – if TV viewers get behind it and vote.

FAB Keynsham, run by Broadlands Academy, is one of six West Country groups shortlisted to take part in The People’s Millions competition this month to win Big Lottery Fund money.

The contest will see FAB (Farm at Broadlands) Keynsham go head-to-head with the Space2Play project in Bristol on ITV on Monday, November 24, with the group that gets the most public votes on the day awarded the money.

FAB Keynsham aims to use farming and gardening as an activity to develop self-confidence, work experience and tolerance and respect within the community for disaffected and disabled young people.

The team hopes to win £45,000 to buy animals including chickens and goats and to make the site fully accessible for disabled and visually impaired children with tactile signs and specialist equipment, so they can open up the farm to offer young people taster days.

Nicky Parry, project leader, said: “FAB Keynsham aims to make farming and gardening more accessible to disabled and visually impaired children, young people and their families with help of retired members of the community.

“We want to be able to offer them the same opportunities as everyone else and be involved in new and exciting activities, develop their self-confidence and all round well-being. We want people to get involved in a fun social activity and make new friends of all ages.”

The community farm group will make its case for winning the funding in a programme broadcast on Monday, November 24, and voting lines will open at 9am that day with the winner announced the following day.

Volunteers and supporters are now busy raising awareness and encouraging people to vote on the day. Filming at the project is taking place at the start of this month.

On November 25 and 26, four other West Country groups will compete for cash. There are four £50,000 awards up for grabs in the region – one award for each night from November 24 to  November 26, as well as a bonus award for the runner-up with the most phone votes across the week. 

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