Youngsters become superheroes in fight to save community farm

Staff and youngsters at Horseshoe Day Nursery took part in a fancy dress fundraiser.
Staff and youngsters at Horseshoe Day Nursery took part in a fancy dress fundraiser.

Caring youngsters turned superheroes for the day to join a vital crusade to save a much-loved visitor attraction from the threat of closure.

Little ones at the Horseshoe Day Nursery, in Follonsby Terrace, West Boldon, got dressed to impress for a fancy fundraiser in aid of Bill Quay Community Farm.

The popular green space, based in Gateshead, has relied on generous donations and grant funding to survive since being one of the victims of wide-ranging £38million of cuts put in place by Gateshead Council three years ago.

Now the farm needs a cash boost of £50,000 before the end of the month in order to keep its doors open.

Staff and tots gave donations in order to don fancy dress at the nursery – and have raised nearly £100 for the cause, with money still being counted.

Batman, Buzz Lightyear and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle were among the colourful costumes on show – while even Darth Vader came over from the dark side to support the cause.

Staff also joined in the fun by swapping their normal work attire for more lively clothing.

Nursery nurse Helen McIntosh said everyone got right behind the cause.

She said: “Everyone gave a donation so they could come in for day in fancy dress.

“We all decided at the nursery that it would be a great idea to help out Bill Quay Farm.

“Many of us have visited the farm and there have been school trips there too.

“It would be such a shame if it had to close, as it is a great place.

“We had people give donations of £1 or even up to £10 during the day.”

The farm, which is open every day, is home to a number of rare breeds and is accredited by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Next year the venue celebrates its 30th anniversary and, as well as being a popular tourist attraction, it serves as an educational aid for schools.

Supporters are hoping the farm wins its fight – and is able to provide many more years of enjoyment.