In April 2016, we launched a fundraising appeal. Rising costs and cuts in funding meant we were concerned the farm would have to shut if we didn’t get some significant help to boost our funds. We needed to raise £100,000 to make sure we could keep the farm open for the rest of the year.
We launched the appeal on 25th April. We were hoping to raise the money by the end of September.
By the end of the first day we had £10,000. We had raised the full £100,000 in donations by 10th June – less than six weeks later!
We were overwhelmed by the support that came from people all across Edinburgh. From larger donations from businesses like Tunnocks, and The Kitchin and The Dome contributing an amount per table for whole months at a time; to a huge community music event, a water fight, a wellie ceilidh, and a fire walk by the Farm staff and volunteers, the money kept rolling in.
As well as bringing in the cash, we also got to see how much the Farm means to people. We know some of the £5 donations were huge for some of our supporters, and that didn’t go unnoticed. A four year old’s piggy bank, a six year old’s sponsored cycle from Portobello to Joppa, and primary school bake sales were some of the things that got us a bit teary-eyed as the donations were handed in. Not to mention countless marathons, cycles and swims
We received so much support, from so many people, it’s impossible to list it all here – even though we’d love to. If you contributed to our appeal in any way, you know who you are and you have our thanks. Gorgie City Farm’s gates remain open because of you.
We still rely on donations for a large proportion of our funding, so if you’re visiting, please do consider putting some money in our donations bucket. You can give a regular or one-off donation here or text FARM44£ and 1, 2, 5 or 10 to 70070 to donate that amount (eg FARM44£5 to donate £5).