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Community groups making a huge positive impact on the lives of people in areas served by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have received a welcome boost from the housing association’s charitable foundation. Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, Stone Community Hub and Highfields and Western Down Community Group are the latest organisations to benefit from the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation and have each received grants of £300. A training and supported employment charity for adults with learning disabilities, Oak Tree Farm has also taken delivery of three new wheelbarrows, donated to the Foundation by builders’ merchants and SARH supplier Jewson. The farm in Hilderstone, near Stafford, works with sixty people with learning disabilities. Its team members get involved in looking after the animals, growing plants and flowers, making pottery and running a tea room, and they’ll use the donation to purchase a leaf blower to clear up grass cuttings and help keep the site tidy. David Moreton, General Manager at Oak Tree Farm, commented: “We were very pleased to be nominated to receive some support from the SARH CARES Foundation, and, as well as buying the blower, we will be purchasing some tools for our Acorn Garden Services Team who do gardening work off site.” The money for the donations was raised by kind-hearted employees at SARH who stage regular fundraising events for groups making a real difference in communities served by the housing association. Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, explained: “SARH employees are committed to the organisation’s mission to make Stafford and surrounding areas even better places to live, work and grow. “In recent years they’ve staged dozens of events to raise money for worthy causes and so the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation was set up to distribute the fruits of their efforts. “We’re delighted that Oak Tree Farm, Stone Community Hub and Highfields and Western Down Community Group are to benefit from the Foundation as they are doing excellent work in bringing communities together.” An independent charity based at the Frank Jordan Centre, Stone Community Hub is dedicated to improving the lives of Stone residents, providing support and advice in times of need. They’ll use the grant to support the delivery of their foodbank and for parent and child craft sessions. Meanwhile, Highfields and Western Down Community Group will use the grant to support its Make a House a Home project which provides good-quality second-hand furniture free of charge to people in need in the Highfields area of Stafford.