Praise for Sheffield charity behind popular farm

Mr Coppard and Jo Booth at Whirlow Hall Farm
Mr Coppard and Jo Booth at Whirlow Hall Farm
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A charity has been hailed an ‘outstanding part of the community’ by a parliamentary candidate who volunteered there for the day.

Whirlow Hall Farm put Oliver Coppard, who is standing for Labour in the Sheffield Hallam seat at next year’s general election, to work in its newest venture –- the country’s highest vineyard.

Volunteers support every aspect of the farm’s work, all of which help to raise the money – more than £300,000 – the charity needs to keep going each year.

Mr Coppard, who grew up nearby, said: “I’ve visited the farm on countless occasions, having lived most of my life just down the road, but spending a day working with the wonderful volunteer team has given me a new insight into their work with schools and community groups.

“More than 12,000 school children and 70 per cent of Sheffield schools visited Whirlow Hall Farm last year, but none of that work would be possible without the support of the local people who give up so much time and put in so much effort.

“I’m pleased to have been able to support their work in a hands-on way.”