Michael Morpurgo’s Farms for City Children charity facing challenges amid pandemic
Like many other charities, Farms for City Children (FFCC), founded by Michael Morpurgo (OKS, Galpin’s 1957-62) and his wife Clare in 1976, is facing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
FFCC offers urban children a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside, creating an intense ‘learning through doing’ experience. However, at present it is unclear when children will be able to visit the farms once again.
The charity faced a similar problem in 2001 when foot-and-mouth disease closed them down for nearly nine months. Thankfully, they received generous support from donors and were able to reopen again when the outbreak allowed.
Now, FFCC needs help as much as ever in order to remain operational and be ready to welcome children back again. To find out more about the charity and how you can help, visit the Morpurgos’ website.
Michael, who was Captain of School during his final year at King’s, has frequently returned to visit us over the years. The creativity and curiosity that has come to define the King’s education in modern times resonate powerfully with Michael, and he has remarked in the past that he would love to come back as a pupil now.
His take on the school’s current situation is that it will, in time, come back to a new beginning, much like it did after the Second World War when forced to evacuate to Carlyon Bay, Cornwall.
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