THE Hope Nature Centre – set up by two parents of young people with learning disabilities – has been given a bumper cheque for £550 by Wiltshire Freemasons.
And that was only the start of the good news for the Trowbridge-based charity at a recent charity presentation evening.
Ian Priest, the head of charity for the Freemasons, also announced that Hope Nature Centre had been selected as one of four Wiltshire charities to benefit from a share of a £50,000 grant.
Hope for Nature, which helps provide work placements for young adults with learning difficulties, was formed and went on to become a registered charity in 2000. It took six years of dedicated fundraising to start the project but in May 2006 the tearoom was opened.
A year later the charity had chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats along with a miniature Shetland pony living outside and in May 2008 the animal park was officially opened.
The charity has now increased the number of animals and introduced a children’s play area, fairy wood and a land train. The tearoom provides freshly cooked lunches, homemade cakes and refreshments and has about 700 visitors per week.
Philip Bullock, the head of Wiltshire Freemasons, said: “We are delighted to support this quite wonderful charity in the amazing work they do for young adults with learning difficulties.”