On Saturday 17 December, Farms for City Children spread Christmas cheer throughout Exeter city centre with music, a fitness class, santa hats and a decorated worn out Massey Ferguson 165 tractor. Thankfully the day was quite mild, and Camper Coffee and LTG’s provided free hot drinks throughout the day, so our fantastic collection volunteers were kept warm and toasty.
Entertainment began with Holly Morwenna, a 19 year old up and coming singer-songwriter who recently moved to Bath Spa University. Following Holly’s ‘voice of an angel’ as many in the Square commented, was the Exeter Phoenix Choir, a soul and gospel choir who sang a range of different styles and genres, and the large Tedburn St Mary Community Choir, who have raised over £15,000 for different charities locally.
The most unusual entertainment of the day was the Way to Fitness group, who are all about having fun while getting active to feel amazing. The group held a HiiT (High-Intesity Interval Training) workout in the middle of Bedford Square, working out for almost an hour, with lots of onlookers interested in joining the class! The day tied up with the very festive Hatherleigh Silver Band, who performed carols. There are video snapshots of each performance group on our Facebook page.
Thanks to Tom Cockerham and Matt Dennis, we were able to have our Massey Ferguson 165 from Nethercott House in Princesshay, which was a star attraction for shoppers young and old.
Barclays kindly offered us a secure space to count the funds raised from the day, and we were delighted to raise over £350. Thank you to all who made the day possible. The day was raising awareness of, and funds for, our Tractor Appeal, as we fundraise to replace our Massey Ferguson 165 at Nethercott House, near Winkleigh and our Massey Ferguson 35 at Lower Treginnis in Pembrokeshire.
You can support our Tractor Appeal through our JustGiving campaign.