Clinks Care Farm welcomes boot donation

Epic Tools handover boots to Clinks Care Farm.

Epic Tools handover boots to Clinks Care Farm. - Credit: Archant

A pioneering farm that helps vulnerable people in the Waveney Valley has received a donation of safety boots for all the people who attend the farm each week.

Clinks Care Farm, in Toft Monks, provides therapeutic work for people suffering from mental-health issues and learning disabilities.

Beccles company Epic Tools, which supplies the building trade, contacted the farm last week wishing to donate the boots to the farm helpers.

Doeke Dobma, who runs the farm, said: “Safety on the farm is crucial and key to our work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people here.

“The donation of safety work boots is very generous and underlines that more and more businesses support our ethos combining farming with health and social care.

“Also, our work in the community and engagement with local employers raised the awareness and opportunities for people to move on to better things in life.”

Managing director of Epic Tools, Dale Mickleburgh, said: “We have been dealing with Doeke Dobma from Clinks Care Farm for many years and have built up a good relationship between our two enterprises.

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“Listening to Doeke, understanding their goals and what they have achieved, I decided the time was right to help them by donating 45 pairs of safety work boots.

“This will enable Clinks Care Farm to supply farm helpers with free safety work boots.

“The money saved will enable Clinks Care Farm to invest into other meaningful and therapeutic projects.”

The donation comes as Ben Burgess, agricultural dealer based in Norwich, presented the farm with a cheque for £500 from their Ben Burgess Community First Revenue Fund.

Mr Dobma said: “These two fantastic donations underlines our success using the farm and its many related activities helping and supporting people as young as 14 years of age to the most mature person of 84 years mixing people with different conditions providing meaningful activities supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.”

The farm was launched in May 2010 and offers opportunities for disadvantaged people to help out, and because of the natural therapeutic environment this can aid people’s recovery and be a preparation for work and an alternative to day care.