Father and son complete 55-mile walk to help fund new therapy centre

Jon and Fred welcomed at the Fairview Farm after they completed the 55-mile walk

Jon and Fred welcomed at the Fairview Farm after they completed the 55-mile walk - Credit: Fairview Farm

A father and son's 55-mile walk has raised £1,900 for a support project's new therapy centre for young adults with mental challenges. 

Jon and Fred Alcock, from Woodbridge, completed the challenge last Sunday and were warmly welcomed at a family event organised by Fairview Farm, a non-profit organisation that provides daycare for young adults with disabilities and mental health issues.   

Jon and Fred Alcock with the Fairview Farm owner, Georgina Hanser, after finishing the fundraising walk

Jon and Fred Alcock with the Fairview Farm owner, Georgina Hanser, after finishing the fundraising walk - Credit: Fairview Farm

All the funds raised from the walk from Southwold to Ipswich, as well as those collected during the event, will be spent to build a new therapy building at the farm on the edge of Ipswich. 

Jon said: "'We are committed to raise the money for our new building this year and have now made an amazing start, which will set the tone for other events we do.

"We have raised £300 from a quiz night and Fairview has also been awarded £2,500 from the Leading Lives Community Benefit Fund which will pay for the equipment for our brand new sensory room."

The party at the Fairview Farm 

The party at the Fairview Farm - Credit: Fairview Farm 

The organisation has already raised more than £5,500 towards the first target of £20,000 and is still needing donations.

Georgina Hanser and her helpers during the event at the Fairview Farm

Georgina Hanser and her helpers during the event at the Fairview Farm - Credit: Fairview Farm

Georgina Hanser, one of the owners of the farm, said: “The welcome back pizza party was a huge success and everyone had such a great time.  

“Fred and Jon made a grand entrance to start the event off and in Fred's speech he said he had found parts of the walk really difficult but he felt ok and thanked everyone for supporting him and his dad, Jon.”  

During the event, the support centre raised more than £600 and sold out all the tickets.  

Games during the event at the Fairview Farm

Games during the event at the Fairview Farm - Credit: Fairview Farm

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Emma Novak, a part-time worker at the project who helped during the event with her daughter, Lenny, said: "Working at Fairview, I know what a huge impact this new building will have on the people who attend here. We just knew that, as a family, we wanted to get involved.” 

Lenny Novak who helped during the event

Lenny Novak who helped during the event - Credit: Fairview Farm

The owners, together with their children, prepared 73 pizzas for the event participants.  

Pizzas served during the event at the Fairview Farm

Pizzas served during the event at the Fairview Farm - Credit: Fairview Farm

Mr Hanser added: “It was so wonderful to share our beautiful space, on such a Sunday day, with so many people. To see everyone having such a great time was really emotional.” 

Georgina and Tony Hanser, the owners

Georgina and Tony Hanser, the owners - Credit: Fairview Farm