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Toddling off to the seaside

£600 Coronavirus Crisis fund supports family seaside adventures


Home-Start Chichester & District supports disadvantaged families, with children aged five and under, who are struggling to cope. One particular family, who were experiencing financial problems and Mum, who suffers with low confidence and anxiety, and was struggling to cope with the behaviour of the children was matched with a volunteer who worked to build up Mum’s confidence so that the whole family could enjoy a day out at the beach and local park.

The day, lead by Mulberry Divers, saw several families exploring the environment and enjoying stories and family time together on Selsey beach.

“We were absolutely delighted to receive a £600 grant from Ferry Farm. It means a great deal to our charity to be supported by our local community. We want people to know about families who are struggling, and that there is a local charity, dependent on volunteers, working hard to help them.”

Val Hughes, Chair of Trustees

Home-Start Chichester and District


The Ferry Farm community solar farm is located just north of the town of Selsey in West Sussex and straddles the parishes of Selsey and Sidlesham, which are the community it serves.

Created in 2016, our 5 megawatt community solar farm is made up of around 19,000 solar panels which, to date, have generated 5,400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from the sun. That is enough to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes every year!

Surplus income generated by the solar farm, after operating and finance costs and reserves, is used to support Ferry Farm Community Solar’s community purpose and since 2016 we have provided over £85,000 of funding to support community projects.

We expect to generate at least £2million over the solar farm’s 30 year operating life to support local community initiatives.


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