Updated 16 October 2019

No matter how large or small an amount you raise, you can make a difference! Just £325 will subsidize one child’s place

If you’d like to find out more contact Mandy Heard on 01392 276678 or email fundraising@farmsforcitychildren.org

Read on to hear our 2019 Challengers stories……

Sam Gatehouse – Lands End to John O Groats

Samantha Gatehouse and Sarah West cycle










Sam and her cycling bestie, Sarah, share a love of physical challenges! They have completed many events from half Ironman to climbing Killamanjaro. This year they upped the stakes and decided to tick off the iconic bucket list cycling and camping from Lands End to John O’Groats Deloitte Ride Across Britain. 980 miles in 9 consecutive days. They started training in November 2018 and completed the epic challenge in September. Sam and Sarah put incredible amounts of energy into their fundraising campaign and raised an incredible £15,000 which was divided between Farms for City Children and another charity Sarah is passionate about.

“I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm in North Devon, so know how magical it is and was offered the opportunity to work for the charity a few years ago. Since then I have seen first hand the difference a week of muck and magic can make to visiting children from urban and deprived areas.. So many of us take the countryside and space we have for granted, when many of these children live in tower blocks with no outside space at all. Every mile, tear and exhausting moment, when I thought I may give up, was totally worth it” – Sam Gatehouse

Find out more about their experience: Get Your Cake

Shannon Izod – Skydive

Shannon IzodHow can you not be in awe of someone willing to jump 15,000 feet from a plane and fall to the Earth? The incredibly brave Shannon Izod from Devon did just that on Sunday 21st April. Shannon raised over £1,000 for muck and magic!

“I was born in Sheffield but moved to Cornwall when I was 8. When my sister and I came to live with our new family, we didn’t know where milk came from or what a cow even looked like. I was very lucky to have been brought up in this part of the country and to have experienced the animals and the views that I have. Every child deserves to have that opportunity and with your help we can make it happen! It takes £300 per child to stay on one of the 3 farms for a week, to be a part of the country and to interact with the animals and work alongside one another.”


Jonathan Jones – Tour of Pembrokeshire

On Saturday 18th May, a wonderful group of cycling mad Farms for City Children supporters tackled the Tour of Pembrokeshire to raise money for muck and magic. Read below and find out why Jonathan Jones from East London took part in such a challenge!

 “I am a primary school teacher in East London and I’m riding 81 miles of the Tour of Pembrokeshire on behalf of Farms for City Children. Having been on a residential with my own school to Lower Treginnis Farm in Pembrokeshire, I can testify first hand the incredible experience that the charity provides to children from urban areas, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to get out and about on a working farm. From feeding the animals, to picking and sorting potatoes, it was fantastic to see the children that I normally teach within the confines of a classroom on a real outdoor adventure!”

Jonathan raised over £650 which subsidized two children to have a transformative week on a farm!