Mum hopes to help save community farm threatened by closure

Dusty the pony and Skye Lindsay from Bill Quay Farm visit pupils from Bill Quay Primary and St Bede's Primary and owners of the Wardley Hotel, Wendy and Siobhan Donkin, to announce a family fun day to help raise money for the farm.
Dusty the pony and Skye Lindsay from Bill Quay Farm visit pupils from Bill Quay Primary and St Bede's Primary and owners of the Wardley Hotel, Wendy and Siobhan Donkin, to announce a family fun day to help raise money for the farm.

A South Tyneside mother who was touched by the plight of a cash-strapped community farm is putting her fundraising skills to the test.

Siobhan Donkin was devastated when she heard that Bill Quay farm is threatened by closure.

It’s a place everyone goes to with their kids. It would be a such a shame to lose it.

Siobhan Donkin

The farm, visited by hundreds of South Tyneside families and schoolchildren each year, needs to raise £50,000 before the end of August if it has any chance of remaining open.

In a bid to help the fundraising effort, Miss Donkin has enlisted the help of her mum Wendy Donkin to help organise a fun day and music festival.

The event will take place at the Wardley Hotel, run by the mum and daughter, based on nearby Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, on August 8.

The day will start at noon with stalls, tombolas, face painting and children’s activities, while bands and singers will also entertain the crowds.

Miss Donkin said: “I have got nothing to do with the farm, it’s just a place everyone goes to with their kids, and they have lots of events on for the family.

“It would be such a shame to lose it.”

The mum-of-two will also be taking part in the Great North Run in aid of the farm as part of her fundraising efforts,

Anyone who can help Siobhan and her mum with the fun day, either by donating raffle prizes or taking up stalls is asked to contact them.

They are also looking out for bands and singers who would be willing to perform on the day.

People are asked to contact Siobhan on 0784 841 5613. To back her in the run, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Siobhan-Donkin/