Our History

Farm Sale Doc

The Children's Adventure Farm Trust was founded in 1985 by Tim Grundy. In the early eighties Tim donated a number of bikes to a centre supporting young children. He asked "Is there anything else the children need?" - the reply "What these kids really need is a holiday, but they'll never get the opportunity".

Do we need to say anymore! The Children's Adventure Farm Trust was born...

1985

CAFT is founded and the fundraising begins.

1989

Booth Bank Farm is purchased.
The fundraising continues for renovation and rebuilding work.

Purchase Doc

1992

Official opening of The Adventure Farm. The first children come for a holiday.

1999

Our Knutsford Charity Shop opens on Canute Square.

2000

Sir Bobby Charlton becomes the President of CAFT. He officially opens our new Sports Hall.

2001

Multi-sensory Suite and Adventure Playground are opened. Website is launched.

Original Courtyard

2002

New charity video produced with assistance of Sir Bobby Charlton.

2003

Funding is secured for new Respite Care Facility, which will see a total refurbishment of the Courtyard Flats.

2004

Official opening of the new Respite Care Facility, top of the range specialist equipment in a homely environment for children with complex and severe disabilities. The new CAFT website is launched.

2006

1975 - 1980 Courtyard

HRH Countess of Wessex visits to open the new Boothbank Gang Trail and celebrates Sir Bobby’s birthday.

2009

The Adventure Farm finally succeeds in opening its’ doors all year round. 34 holidays are offered to groups of children, and children with their families. Numerous Activity Days are provided, as well as 20 Christmas Parties.

2010

CAFT celebrates its’ 25th Anniversary.

2011

Holidays are increased to 42, our facilities continue to be improved with major work undertaken on our BBQ area and Sensory garden. The year finished with 22 absolutely amazing Christmas fun days.

Bobby