This year Corries' 'Fun on the Farm' was a roaring success as thousands of people turned up to the popular Newtownards farm for the fun-filled event with a grand total of £25,000 raised for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.Now in its third year, Fun on the Farm has raised over £80,000 for local charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Action Cancer. Corries Farm Butchers nominated the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice as their charity partner for 2013 with all proceeds from this year's event going towards providing specialist nursing care to local life-limited children as well as practical, emotional and bereavement support for their families.The popular summer event, hosted by Citybeat's Stephen Clements, was gifted with glorious sunny weather and the smiles on everyone's faces confirmed that it was a triumph. The day featured a host of farming activities ranging from a petting farm featuring rabbits, chicks and donkeys to a digger challenge hosted by U-hire. There was also a BBQ serving tasty treats from the farm shop, a kids play areas, inflatables and a host of market stalls displaying a range of products from the latest farm machinery to hand made jewellery and crafts and even some Tickety Moo Ice Cream!Ballywalter Young Farmers Club put on a tug-of-war competition which was taken very seriously by all competitors. However it was Team Green who won the battle of strength and were awarded the £80 cash prize which they put straight back into the charity pot.As day rolled into night visitors were treated to a breathtaking concert featuring the New Irish Arts Choir, Orchestra and other guest soloists. The concert was held in a barn on the farm and was a beautiful end to a spectacular day.Will Corrie, owner of Corries Farm Butchers was delighted with the turn out, he commented:“I continue to be blown away by the support and generosity of those who attend our 'Fun on the Farm' event. Thousands turned up and supported our second year of the now annual event and helped us raise an impressive £25,000 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice. We are so privileged to be able to support such a worthy cause and would like to thank all those who donated on the day as well as our generous suppliers who took stands at the event.“It was great to see the sun shining on the morning of the event, it really added to the overall atmosphere on the day. A fun day was had by all and it was great to see members of the farming community interacting and sharing some top tips. It is also a fantastic opportunity for young children to get an insight into life on a working farm, I hope we have inspired some kids to become farmers too.“It really is going to be hard to top this year, but I am confident that Corries will give it a good go and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year!”Northern Ireland Children's Hospice Community Fundraiser, Noreen Kennedy added:“The money raised from Corries Meats family fun day will make a huge difference to children and families being cared for by Children's Hospice in the local area. £100 pays for one hour of vital nursing care and therapies, so the family fun day contribution will enable us to provide additional much-needed care to local children who have a life-limiting condition. It is only through the generosity from these communities that we are able to provide our services which currently cares for 250 children and their families here in Northern Ireland.”
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