TV presenter and farmer Jimmy Doherty has been announced as an Ambassador of disability charity Papworth Trust, which supports disabled people of all ages.
The charity approached Jimmy to become an Ambassador after he helped them to raise funds for a farm offering much needed respite breaks to disabled people and their families. The trial project for the farm was featured on Channel 4’s The Secret Millions, where 3 families were invited to Jimmy’s farm in Suffolk for a real break away from their everyday stresses and strains.
Jimmy helped Papworth Trust to secure £2 million from the Big Lottery Fund so that they could make the trial project a reality and buy and renovate Kerry Farm in Wales. The farm opened its doors for the first time in autumn 2013.
Jimmy said, “I am very proud to be an Ambassador for Papworth Trust. It is a unique charity which does amazing work supporting disabled people, and I’m honoured to now be a part of that.
“When I helped the Trust to develop Kerry Farm, I saw first-hand the impact disability can have on the whole family. Time and money can be tight, and families can struggle to have quality time together. That’s where Papworth Trust comes in − through their vital services such as Kerry Farm, they give disabled people and their families the support and advice they need to have more choice and independence in their lives.”
Papworth Trust Deputy CEO Tony Osborne said, “We are delighted that Jimmy is joining us as a Papworth Trust Ambassador. He is a popular and much loved personality, and his valuable support will help us to raise awareness and reach out to even more people.”
Papworth Trust supports disabled people of all ages through essential services that help people to learn new skills, live as independently as possible in suitable homes, and look for work.
For more information about Papworth Trust, please go to www.papworth.org.uk.You can also find out what the 3 families who took part in Kerry Farm’s trial project thought about Jimmy in this short film.
Papworth Trust has been working with disabled people for almost 100 years, and we know that small changes can make lasting differences to people’s lives. Our essential services support people to learn new skills, live as independently as possible in suitable homes and look for work. You can call us for support or information on 0800 952 5000. To find out more about Kerry Farm please visit www.papworth.org.uk/kerryfarm or click like at www.facebook.com/papworthtrust.