A music festival, Farm Fest, which is usually held in Maple Cross, will return online this weekend, and the organisers hope to raise more than £10k to support The Catholic Worker Farm (CWF) throughout the rest of year after they lost out on so much due to COVID-19.
The CWF provides accommodation, food, English lessons, and many more services for 19 female asylum seekers and their children at no charge.
The charity was started by Scott Albrecht back in 2006, and it now has a support network for over 500 women and their children.
The first Farm Fest was back in 2013, but this will be the first to be conducted via Facebook, which runs between August 28-31.
Scott’s son, Francis, manages the festival. He said: “My dad wanted to start a fundraiser in 2006 and loves music so thought a festival would be a great way to bring people to the farm. The farm can be costly to run and we rely on donations to keep providing the services we do.
“Each year we’ve tried to raise the bar and grow steadily, and the last couple of years have been great. It’s a shame we are not able to welcome people to the farm this year, but we are still so excited for the livestream.
“I’ve been working really hard on it this year to get it as big as possible. I realised £10k is a big fundraising target, but I’m hopeful we can reach it!”
The performers at the festival include, Pixx, The Rebel and Pete Um, and there will also be a house tour, a talk with the team and a CWF documentary to enjoy.
To donate to the crowdfunding page, crowdfunder.co.uk/the-catholic-worker-farm
You can watch the festival yourself by heading to their Facebook page facebook.com/CWFarmFest.