No pooh-poohing unique fund-raising idea at alpaca farm near Grantham
An alpaca business near Grantham has come up with an innovative way to raise money for charity.
J. and J. Alpacas, at Dry Doddington, is offering bags of alpaca dung for a donation, with all donations going to the charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
The business was established in 2005 by Martin and Clare Stanger, with son James and daughter Jessica also involved.
Their chosen charity has particular significance to the family, as Jessica explained.
“My boyfriend Kye had cancer and was given excellent support by the Teenage Cancer Trust, so we would really like to give something back to the charity in recognition of all that they did,” she said.
Bags of dung are available to collect from Meadow Farm, in Clensey Lane, for the price of a donation to the charity.
Jessica said they intend to run the offer for some time and, with more than 90 alpacas at the farm, there is definitely no shortage of dung available.
Alpaca poo is considered a rich soil conditioner, helping to improve soil quality and its ability to retain water. It also has the advantage that it does not need to be aged or composted before use, meaning you can spread it directly on to garden plants without burning them.
Jessica said: “We don’t have a set target in mind, we just want to raise as much as we can.”
J. and J. Alpacas specialise in alpacas of various colours and can boast having all 22 recognised colours, including black, white, fawn and grey.
Two months ago they opened their new alpaca education centre and café. The alpaca centre is open during the winter from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity that offers care and support specifically for young people.