Blacksmith helps generate sparks at Fishers Farm charity fun day

Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green celebrated Sussex day with a fundraising event in aid of charity Ripple Africa
Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green celebrated Sussex day with a fundraising event in aid of charity Ripple Africa

STATIONARY engines, vintage cars, motorbikes, wool spinners, wood turners and a blacksmith were among the attractions at Fishers Farm adventure park last Saturday.

The fun-filled family event in Wisborough Green not only celebrated Sussex in style, but helped to fundraise for a Malawian charity called Ripple Africa.

Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green celebrated Sussex day with a fundraising event in aid of charity Ripple Africa

Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green celebrated Sussex day with a fundraising event in aid of charity Ripple Africa

The charity, which was founded by Tim Rollings, owner of Fishers Farm, supports a community of 20,000 family homes in an area the size of Scotland and Wales combined.

Mr Rollings said: “We had two great days during the weekend at the park and have raised enough money to buy nearly 100 families new cookers.

“The aim of the charity is to give families a hand up, not a hand-out.”

Ringo the dragon, ambassador for Horsham, also joined in the fundraising with a bucket, helping Fishers Farm to donate an extra £375 to Ripple Africa.

Melanie McAlpine, general manager, said: “We have been particularly inspired by the Changu Changu Moto Stove project. Families used to cook on a three-stone open fire. This has caused lots of problems with children getting burnt, smoke inhalation and uses a lot of wood.

“A new two-burner stove has been designed, which uses less wood, saving the village women ten hours of hard labour a week in wood collecting, and also reduces the rate of deforestation in the area. It has practically stopped burns injuries on children.

“Each stove is made from 26 mud bricks and costs £4. So far this year we have raised just under £2,000.”

More than 1,000 visitors flocked to Fishers on Saturday to experience 50 different arts, crafts and produce stalls. The cheese stall, Nic’s Deli, was a massive hit with visitors and other Sussex-based businesses were selling chocolate, bags, clothes, scarves, jewellery, metalwork and children’s toys.

The Sussex engine and associated machinery club were in their element in the sunshine alongside their steam engines and classic cars. There was also a fantastic display created by the Mini club.

To help Fishers reach their target of £4,000 visit Just Giving