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The Young Farmer from the Gipping Valley area of Suffolk held a fundraising event with a twist this year.

Who knew that Pig Racing would big home the bacon……. £1,500

The Young Farmers explained that battery operated pigs where used for the pig racing event held 22nd September to raise funds for the Young Farmers and their chosen charity for 2017 (HOPS).

The young Farmer invited HOPS to receive a cheque for £750  at there AGM earlier this month.

The money donated will go towards the refurbishment of HOPS Soft Play area.


Approximately 35 Young Professionals from PPG from all over the UK, rolled up their sleeves to give Settles House a lick of paint turning a very clinical building in to a space that is bright and air space.

Some the Young professionals from PPG told us they normally attended a conference at this time of year to bring them all together from various locations from around the UK, but they were thoroughly enjoying  the challenge of a community project.

Area’s of the front and back garden were also tackled, with fake turf being laid against the building, where noting would grow, screening for the oil tank, and 2 “Mud Kitchen”, loving made by the team at Stowmarket Men’s Shed.

HOPS would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s hard work, this includes friends and families of those attending the HOPS scheme in moving and replacing all the equipment and furnishings from the 12 areas that PPG have decorated.

Below are some photo’s of the end results.


Transformation @ HOPS

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National Citizens Service

Team Unity Transformation @ HOPS


Many young people aged 15 to 17 took part in the National Citizens Service programme  during the summer of 2017.

Each group of young people had to choose a charity or worthy cause to help during their programme of events.

Team Unity chose to support HOPS.

Some of Team Unity volunteer at HOPS and wanted to improve the look and feel of the back and front gardens at HOPS.   The back garden at Settles house had become quite over grown and a planters in the front garden had become a bit tatty.

Team Unity, raised funds to buy paint and plants,they also sourced other equipment needed for their project. The team put in many man hours to cut back and tidy up the back garden and spent a few hours jet washing the patio.

Below are photos of the results of their hard work, if you look at photos from the summer you will see the extent achievement

Thank you Team Unity for all your hard work!!

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Summer Programme 2017

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Creative Week

24th, 26th, 28th July  with junk fun, printing and Splash n splat art day

Sport Week

31st July, 2nd and 4th August  with safe archery, sport mania day and assault courses

Animals week

7th, 9th ,11th August is  with Petting Farm, Mini Monster and owls  

Pirates and Mermaids party week

14th, 16th, 18th August is   with bouncy castles, entertainers and T-shirt screen printing.

All activities take place at HOPS setting in Thorndon near Eye.