Fanciers flock to fund foundation

MYTHOLMROYD based Countryside Foundation for Education has caused something of a flutter by being granted £1,000 towards their fundraising costs by Britain's pigeon fanciers. The cheque is part of the proceeds of the British Homing World's annual Show of the Year held each January in Blackpool.

The two-day show is organised by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association and attended by nearly 25,000 people and is one of Blackpool’s busiest weekends of the year. The 80,000 profit from the show is all donated to charity.

Since 1986, the Countryside Foundation for Education, a national registered charity, has provided access to outdoor learning opportunities for up to 330,000 school children every year through its Countryside Live events and visits to Farms for Schools members and estates across the UK.

Additionally, the Foundation which is based at Top Land Business Park, Mytholmroyd, provides educational support to teachers, parents, farmers and estate managers so that everybody involved in the charities work has a safe, fun, hassle free educational experience.

The Foundation recruits local schools to specially tailored days in their area, the main audience for the work of the foundation is Key Stage 2 Students, 7-11 year olds, but the Foundation specialises in unique courses for children with special needs.

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association has worked with the Countryside Foundation for Education for several years now at Countryside Live. General Manager Peter Bryant said “I am very pleased to be able to support the Countryside Foundation for Education. Their events attract just the age range that we should be targeting to make the youngsters see that pigeon racing is a great sport for all ages and abilities. It shows the children that a fancier can be a breeder, trainer and nutritionist and needs to have a knowledge of mathematics too to work out the pigeon’s speed home from a race”.

Chief Executive Gary Richardson said “We are very grateful for this donation. In educating the next generation about their cultural and environmental surroundings the CFE will promote a growing knowledge of their surroundings and the skills needed to maintain it. The assistance from Britain’s pigeon fanciers will help in that promotion.”