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The CAFT Family

We think of ourselves as one big family here at CAFT! Now obviously our actual family is much bigger and includes people from all over the north west, from; groups and children that visit us, event attendees, challengers, local and national businesses without even mentioning our amazing Patrons and President! That said, here's the family down at the farm:

The Activity Team

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Caroline Fielding (Caz) - Children's Activity Coordinator

Job Description - My day to day role at CAFT is to run the holiday programme with the CAFT team of playworkers. Organising Fun days, weekends and holidays for the young people who visit from messy art, slip and slide to feeding our animals.

About Me - I currently live in south Manchester. I enjoy comedy, love traveling and exploring Europe on road trips, great holidays, dancing ,walking, cycling and ways to keep fit plus I love spending time with my family.

Helen Hampson - Playworker

Job Description - Planning and providing activities for the children visiting the farm.

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Natalie Barns (Nat) - Part-time Chef

Job Description - My job is to cook delicious meals for the children at CAFT.

About Me - I have worked at CAFT since 2011. I love creating different dishes for the children to enjoy! It's great to see the children enjoying home cooked food, and foods they may not have tried before.

Sarah Royle - Assistant House keeper

Hi my name is Sarah, I’m one of the latest additions to the CAFT family. My role within the farm is to make sure all the wonderful children have the most comfortable stay by making sure the facilities are as inviting and homely as possible.

I started working at CAFT in November 2017, prior to this I have 15 years managerial experience within the retail sector. It was difficult to make the decision to leave a brand and job I had worked for so many years for, but felt it was the right time for the change to make my home life happier and spend more time with my family.

I have two wonderful daughters, Isabella and Sophia, they bring so much happiness to my life. We love to be outdoors whenever possible and enjoy holidays and travel every year. This year, the destination they have chosen is England, they want to visit as many beaches England has to offer as we can.

Making the move to CAFT was the best decision I could have made. The Farm is full of laughter , smiles and fun, the surrounding are idyllic and the members of our CAFT family are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met!

Operations Team

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Jim Scott - Facilities Deputy

Job Description - Care and maintenance of farm facilities. Occasionally tending to the livestock (cleaning and feeding).

About Me - I have worked at CAFT for 10 years. I live locally in Northwich. I love working and everything to do with the great outdoors and fresh air, love cycling and golf and enjoy lovely holidays in exotic locations.

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Tom Lockett - Facilities Supervisor

Job Description -

My responsibilities involve all site servicing and maintenance, including site security, health & safety management and fire prevention.

I am always devising new plans and ideas on how to improve the facilities we have here at CAFT, quite often I spend a lot time doing something I call “quote chasing.”

About Me -

I joined CAFT in July 2015 after previously spending 4 weeks here on work experience.

Soon after completing my college course I applied for the job at CAFT and thankfully I was successful.

I started out as a site hand providing support to my colleagues, one thing led to another which led me into my current position… which I love!

I currently live in Lymm which is a small village about 10 minutes away from CAFT, In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Martin Mears - Part-time Facilities

Job Description - Responsible for all aspects of our animal and bird welfare and involved in the children's interaction with same. Jointly responsible for security and site grounds maintenance.

About Me - Employed by CAFT in excess of 10 years during which time I have been privileged to be part of the team which has developed the facilities into what you see today. My outside interests are many and varied and include not least, a recent love of Modern Jive dancing which I only wish I had discovered thirty years ago!

Administration Team

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Marie Molnar - HR Manager

Job Description - I am responsible for anything to do with HR – holidays, sickness, timekeeping, new staff, casual staff, staff morale, management of staff etc. I also provide support for finance, holiday programme, operations and fundraising.

About Me - I started at CAFT in 2004 as a part-time PR to the CEO, which very soon turned into a full-time position. I love the variation my job brings and the fact it enables me to interact with virtually every member of staff on a daily basis. I’m of mum of 2 grown-up children (Kate & Adam) and a grannie to my beautiful grandson Gabriel. I live locally, and spend my weekends catching up at home and meeting friends for coffee, but I am always on hand for babysitting duties along with Pops and doggy Cole.

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Peta Green - Part-time Finance Administrator

Job Description - I’m responsible for the day to day bookkeeping and accounts. In addition to this I also have the opportunity to be involved with any major fundraising events, such as our annual Grand Ball and Ladies Lunch.

About Me - I came to work at CAFT in 2009 on a temporary basis to cover a colleagues maternity leave. This soon became a permanent position from which I’ve never looked back! I live locally to CAFT in High Legh, with my 3 children (Isabella, Claudia & Fenton). I spend much of my spare time as a taxi driver for my 3 children, and I enjoy walking my little ‘Westie’ Bertie & trying to keep fit at the gym!

Rob Bashforth - Community Fundraiser

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Job Description - Community has one of the widest briefs, from liaising with schools and Beaver groups, to doing talks about the amazing work the charity does to the Women’s Institute, Rotary Clubs and golf clubs, to supporting external events events and everything in-between. Connecting The Children’s Adventure Farm with our local and surrounding communities. It is a great job because every day is different.

About Me - I joined CAFT in early 2015 covering the Charity Shop and in December took on the role as Community Fundraiser, I live in South Manchester in a cottage in the heart of a local village near the Peak District, where I have been for the past 14 years. In life? I’ve been involved in local radio since I was just about able to talk and say 1-2-3 or testing testing testing! Nowadays when I’m on air I cover current affairs plus I'm still an active DJ for my sins and can be found spinning the disc or laptops in the surrounding area, I have a weakness for classic cars and all things retro and still chance my arm at tennis and snowboarding on a good day.

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Helen Crowther - Trust Fundraiser & Press Officer

Job Description - As well as being one of the fundraisers here at CAFT, with a target of £300,000 a year, I’m also responsible for raising the profile of the charity by working with our local newspapers, radio stations and tv broadcasters. I’m also our social media person so spend lots of time on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve been with CAFT since May 2002, and honestly can’t imagine working anywhere else! The best part of my job is the variety, I love how different each day can be. On a Monday I can be neck deep in funding applications, Tuesday I’ll be at a radio station being interviewed about our work then on Wednesday working at one of our fundraising events. I also love the fact that we’re based here at CAFT so we get to see the kids every day. I’ll never, ever get bored of that.

About Me - I love walking, just getting out with a few friends in the hills in the fresh air is my idea of heaven. Its so social, I love the way fellow walkers will often stop for a chat and everyone just seems to be in such a good mood, even in the terrible weather! It’s a great chance to catch up with friends and see some of our amazing countryside. I’ve met lots of my walking buddies through the many overseas walking events I’ve completed for CAFT, so even in my spare time we always end up talking about the charity. Fundraisers are never off the clock!!

Alistair Laing - Charity Relationship Manager

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Job Description - My role is to maintain our business relationships with our existing corporate supporters and to develop new partnerships for the future. All companies like to support in different ways and my role is to identify how the relationship best works for both the company and the charity. Not only am I looking for financial donations but also gifts in kind, event auction prizes and corporate volunteering support.

About Me - I am married to the lovely Carol and we live in the High Peak in a beautiful little village called Buxworth. The landlady of my local pub used to be Elsie Tanner! I really enjoy all sports, however my 2 main passions are cycling and golf and I am a member of Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club.

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Jure Modic - Sports and Challenges Co-ordinator

Job Description - My job is to organise and promote sponsored challenges, recruit supporters to take part in the challenges and help them with their training and fundraising for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

About Me - Following my visit to CAFT in 2012 I fell in love with the charity immediately and I have been passionate about it ever since. I have started to volunteer, driving the tractor and doing the hedges. After a while I have started to work 2 days a week, then 3, then 4 and eventually I took the full time position as my dream job became available.

I have a huge love for traveling, adventure and the great outdoors (trekking, mountaineering, skiing, cycling) having spent my childhood and youth in Slovenia, close to the Alps and Adriatic.

Pippa Watton - Events Fundraiser

Job Description - I am responsible for delivering an annual programme of fundraising events, which include a Golf Day, Ladies Lunch, Open Day and Christmas Ball. In addition to my main responsibilities I undertake Gift Aid claims, oversee our supporter database, and historically produced a charity newsletter twice a year, which we are hoping to reintroduce.

About Me - I’ve worked at CAFT since 1996, starting as a volunteer, then joined the CAFT Crew (formerly Green Team) working with the children before I moved into the fundraising office…the rest is history! My favourite part of the job is the relief I feel after everything’s gone to plan with an event!

Katy Airey - Marketing Coordinator

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Job Description - My role is to assist in the fundraising department with event preparation, small trusts and general administration. It is a busy position helping 5 fundraisers.

About Me - I recently moved to the trendy end of Didsbury from a quiet farm in the Cheshire country side which is big change for me, everything on your doorstep, great bars, food and entertainment - what more could you want!

Charity Shop

Catherine Watton - Shop Manager

The Trustees

Mike

Mike Bulcock - Trustee & Chairman

About Me - I joined the Farm in May 2006 after a co trustee invited me on a tour of the Farm and from that moment on I couldn’t resist getting more involved. My role has evolved as the Farm has which includes increasing use of technology, capturing ever increasing amounts of data and disseminating it for us to be able to run the Farm as effectively and efficiently as possible. My day job includes providing business support services for a wide range of Companies and unincorporated entities, tax planning, maximising use of computers as an aid to increase profitability. My day job includes providing business support services for a wide range of Companies and unincorporated entities, tax planning, maximising use of computers as an aid to increase profitability.

I’m responsible for managing the development of the practice and services offered to our clients, managing a portfolio of SME business clients and advising in all areas to help clients maximise profits and minimise tax. Continual development of IT processes within the practice to improve the services offered to our clients. I qualified with a practice in Burnley in 1982, moved to a national practice to gain large firm experience and then in 1987 set up my own practice based in Altrincham. In 1994 moved to our current location in Northwich and in July 2014 merged with Milner Boardman to create MBL.

Nick

Nick Montague - Trustee

About Nick - Nick has been supporting CAFT since 1991 and is passionate about the work which CAFT does and the wonderful experiences and lasting memories which are created for the children who visit.

What we all look like!