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Basepoint donates over £4,000 to local charity, Down to Earth Community Farm


Basepoint Southampton is delighted to announce that it recently presented its chosen charity, Down to Earth Community Farm, with a cheque for £4,411, after match-funding proceeds fundraised at various events.

The charity’s most recent event was an ‘Easter Egg-straviganza’ held at the Down to Earth Community Farm. Approximately 1,400 people turned up to show their support and get involved with the day’s activities, which included an Easter egg hunt, teddy tombola, hook-a-duck, and rodeo sheep riding.

Down to Earth Community Farm offers a programme of activities for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities to interact with animals and the natural environment in a farm like setting. The charity aims to create a supportive environment where people are able to gain new life skills and participate in real work opportunities including animal care, horticulture, wood work, cooking, and arts and crafts.

Basepoint, who specialise in the development and operation of flexible business, innovation and enterprise centres, is owned by The ACT Foundation, a leading UK grant-making charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need. As such, each centre is dedicated to fundraising for a selected charity and The ACT Foundation match funds any money raised by the chosen charity, up to the value of £10,000 per centre.

Carley Sefton, Manager at Down to Earth Community Farm, comments: “We cannot thank James and the staff at Basepoint Southampton enough for their continued support. We understand how hard it is for charities to receive funding at the moment, and we feel honoured that Basepoint have chosen to support us. Their kind donation will help us to continue to run projects for adults with learning disabilities and young people who are struggling in education, as well as allowing us to improve our visitor experience for the general public. Thank you again from all the staff, volunteers, clients, and animals!”

James Money, Basepoint Southampton’s centre manager, adds: “We hope that this donation enables the Down to Earth Community Farm to continue their amazing work in the area. They are using part of the money to complete some urgent repairs to the main office, and are also going to purchase two tortoises for the farm, which is wonderful news!” 

Located in a progressive new commercial area close to the city centre, adjoining Ocean Village and the Itchen Bridge, Basepoint Southampton offers a wide range of facilities including affordable business units to rent suitable for office or workshop use, on site café, high speed internet access, meeting rooms and free parking. For further information please call 02380 682444 or email southampton@basepoint.co.uk.