River Cottage and Northern Polytunnels help the LOL Foundation

On a very hot day in July this year, Northern Polytunnels, along with the River Cottage team visited the LOL Foundation. The Lol Foundation is situated in Maclesfield and supports ex-servicemen and women, who are struggling with life after the forces. 

Northern Polytunnels contributed towards the cost of a  14 x 42 Garden Range Polytunnel to the foundation, which we constructed with the help of some of the LOL Foundation lads and River Cottage's head gardener Craig Rudman. Sadly, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall had to leave early due to illness but we managed to have a quick photo before he left.

After all the hard work Craig lit the BBQ and fed us all with bacon, lettuce, pineapple and mustard sandwiches. Well deserved and delicious.

Polytunnel Construction

Who are LOL?

The LOL Foundation is situated at Dreamcatcher Farm, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

The Listening Out Loud Foundation was formed in October 2012 and aims to rehabilitate mind and body of ex-service personnel subsequently fostering skills and work ethics to help them make the transition from military to civilian life. No other charity tackles this transition and there are more than 250 ex-servicemen sleeping rough in the North West.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can occur following military combat. People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

Leaving many ex-military sufferers not knowing where to turn resulting in a breakdown of family life, and even homelessness. This is where LOL step in; they provide accommodation, work and counseling.

The future for the LOL Foundation

The future at LOL ...

 Dreamcather Farm is the hub of the foundations activities, providing work based training and education. The Farm has 270 apple and pear trees, several lambs, pigs and now a polytunnel.

 The long-term plan is to become self-sufficient. The foundation is opening their own shop from which they will sell home grown produce alongside some of life’s little essentials. The site has its own café, which will be run by volunteers, service men and women and their families.


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