On 29 December 2015, up to 15 spirited teams will take part in a Dung Heap Challenge fundraising event, at Longdown Activity Farm in Ashurst. The challenge will include moving approximately 20 tonnes of manure from the cow sheds at the farm, in wheelbarrows to the dung heap. The winning team, the one who shifts the most dung in an hour!

12463701_10153953107701454_1155555230_nThe event is being held to raise funds for a state-of-the-art disabled changing and toilet facility, known as a Changing Place, equipped with ceiling tracking hoist, height-adjustable adult-sized changing bed and carer accessible toilet at the farm. It is hoped that the facility will be ready when the farm re-opens to the public on Saturday 13th February 2016, having been closed for the winter.

The Challenge has been organised by the owners of Longdown Activity Farm and myself, Hadley’s mum. (Sarah Brisdion). Hadley, has Cerebral Palsy, is a wheelchair user and wears incontinence pads or nappies. Hadley needs such facilities to access the toilet safely and for changing when away from home and is the face of our campaign.

This sort of special toilet and changing space is vital for disabled children and adults with additional needs. It will enable parents and carers to safely lift people from mobility equipment and tend to their toileting and personal care in a dignified manner. The new facility will make a huge difference to so many people who already enjoy the farm and open it up to new visitors whose needs will now be catered for.

Bryan Pass, owner of Longdown Activity Farm said: “We care deeply about being as inclusive as possible and so we are excited to be able to offer such an important facility to our customers with additional needs. We could be one of the first attractions in the New Forest area to install an official Changing Places facility for its visitors and that’s something that we will be very proud of.”

We are absolutely thrilled that the farm is so committed to providing this facility. It’s an amazing attraction that I have been visiting since I was a child!

The Dung Heap Challenge will also do a lot to raise awareness of our campaign and the issues that families like ours face. Hopefully it will inspire other attractions to think about upgrading their own accessible toilet facilities and show them that even where funds are limited, there are ways and means to achieve these facilities and that the public really will support you.

If you would like to come down and support the teams on the day, please do. The event will be held between 10am and 1.30pm.

We have a Just Giving page for anyone who feels able to pledge in support of this facility. Every penny helps as they say.

If you represent a business who would like to pledge sponsorship of this facility,  please contact Sarah on 07834 863606 or email to discuss. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you so much

Sarah and Hadley. x