Youngsters muck in down on farm

Mucking in: Lottery winner Ray Wragg with Frankie the Shetland pony and Pye Bank pupils Daniel and Salman.                PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
Mucking in: Lottery winner Ray Wragg with Frankie the Shetland pony and Pye Bank pupils Daniel and Salman. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.

FRANKIE the Shetland pony got more fuss than he usually would of a weekend when youngsters from Sheffield’s Pye Bank School descended on Whirlow Hall Farm.

City lottery winners Ray and Barbara Wragg sponsored 12 youngsters to spend two days at the famous city farm project on the edge of Sheffield – and they wanted to meet some of the children as they mucked in.

Unfortunately, Barbara was poorly, but her big-hearted husband – who moved with her to the Whirlow area after they won £7.6m 12 years ago – popped along to see the Pye Bank bunch, from Woodside, near Burngreave, as they tackled a range of farm activities.

Youngsters enjoyed feeding the animals, grooming Frankie and Domino the rabbit and collecting eggs from the hen house.

Farm supervisor Val Slinn said it was more important than ever that inner-city youngsters had the chance to see where their food comes from.

“Ray and Barbara are members of our 480 Club and sponsored Pye Bank to spend the weekend with us,” she said. “It’s a scheme for kids who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to spend time in the countryside and work with animals.