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.

2012

With help and support from our friends at HSBC, the CAFT Nature Trail was transformed in 2012. We were provided with both enthusiastic volunteers and vital funds so that our wooded area could become a haven for wildlife. The addition of a fully accessible aviary, complete with Japanese and Button Quails and Golden Pheasant, ensures a welcoming, educational and unusual area for all children to enjoy.

2013

A fully inclusive wheelchair roundabout was fitted to the Adventure Playground in 2013. Thanks to the significant donations from SAP (UK) Ltd and the Brian Kennedy Trust who provided us with the means to provide this fantastic piece of equipment.

2014

This year we welcomed two new patrons to the CAFT family, Melanie and John Bishop. The Bishops live locally and are very supportive of the work we do here at CAFT. We are very proud to welcome such lovely and funny patrons to our already impressive list.

2015

The multi-sensory suite refurbishment was completed in 2015. New LED lights, projectors and fibre optics were fitted along with a new bathroom.

2016

We welcomed seven new additions to the CAFT family in 2016. With the help of a kind donation from local ladies networking group 20/20, seven pygmy goats set up home in the CAFT paddock.

2017

A brand new mini bus was added to the fleet of CAFT vehicles. We were able to purchase the fully adapted bus because of the kind generosity of the Cheshire Freemasons. The bus was unveiled by our President, Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife, Lady Norma.

Bobby