Here’s looking at new charity walk, kid

Ben and Sam Ryder at Risaw Farm who will be giving a guided walk of their business during the fund raising event. (S)
Ben and Sam Ryder at Risaw Farm who will be giving a guided walk of their business during the fund raising event. (S)

A charity walk with a difference will be raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Ripon next week.

The charity has teamed up with Risaw Farm on Harrogate Road to host a charity goat walk and afternoon tea at the farm on Monday, May 18, from 2-5pm.

Liz Tite, chairman of Marie Curie’s Ripon Fundraising Group and previously horticultural advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture, said: “This is the very first time we’ve staged a goat walk and we’re delighted Risaw Farm has agreed to support us by inviting people to see the working farm in action.

“We’re hoping the event will help raise around £1,500 for Marie Curie as well as raising awareness of this very ethical, high quality, versatile and locally farmed meat and produce.”

The afternoon will include a guided walk, hosted by Ben and Sam Ryder from the farm, around three indoor open straw yards where participants will be introduced to more than 1,000 commercial goats – a closed herd of hybrids British Saanens, British Toggenbergs and Alpines.

Everyone will also get the chance to see the kid shed; rearing pen; billy shed; maternity ward; and milking yard and parlour in action.

Marie Curie’s Ripon Fundraising Group is putting on afternoon tea with homemade cakes and a host of goat products will be available for people to buy and try such as milk, butter, yoghurt, ice cream, cheese and cuts of meat.

Bio-security is important and visitors will be asked to dip their clean wellies or walking shoes in a disinfected padded foot dip on arrival. Hand sanitizers will be provided before tucking into tea and cakes.

Kyla Collins, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for North and East Yorkshire, said: “The Ripon Fundraising Group is a dedicated and hardworking team and we’re delighted they’ve come up with the idea to stage such a novel and exciting event. Our thanks also go to the many supporters in the Ripon area who continue to donate time and money to Marie Curie.”

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by contacting Liz Tite on 01765 690996 (email liztite@btinternet.com) or Celia Grieve on 01765 603286 (email acgrieve@uwclub.net).