Address : Growing Well Low Sizergh Farm Sizergh Kendal
Postcode : LA8 8AE
Telephone : 07903 013648
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Name : Alison Park
Telephone : 01539 560426
Email : email@example.com
IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : I am MD of Low Sizergh Barn, an organic dairy farm, farm shop & cafe south of Kendal. Mary is general manager of Growing Well, the mental health charity based on the farm. Its mission is to enable good mental health through vocational activity. Mary has been general manager for less than 12 months but has made remarkable progress highlighting the success of the organisation over 14 years and raising its profile to fundraise for its continuation.
YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : Mary spoke at the launch of the ‘This is Me’ campaign in Cumbria – which aims to break the culture of silence around mental ill health
Mary was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to research similar ‘social farms’ in Norway and California 2019. She went through a tough selection procedure to be chosen as one of just 150 people from almost 1,800 applicants.
Mary successfully raised funds from new sources including 2 evening receptions, fully catered in the unusual setting of the farm's polytunnels, raised over £25000 on crowdfunding platform and hosting an end of summer fundraising field pizza party for 100 people on the (sadly cancelled because of the weather)
She worked with Story Contracting who came on site for a week to create a road and parking area for the charity, also supported by Armstrong Watson.
Mary, 36, who lives with partner Alec Smith and their three young children at Crook, has spent all her career in food and farming. Before taking over at Growing Well in October she was Head of Catering Development at Westmorland Family, and was previously manager of the Taste Cumbria initiative for Cumbria Tourism and the Prince’s Countryside Fund Herdwick Project to promote authentic Lakeland Herdwick.
The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : She has successfully brought together people the dedicated staff members of Growing Well, the food, farming, health and well-being, funding and charity sectors with a straightforward message about the essential work Growing Well does in the south lakes community. As Mary said on BBC NorthWest Tonight recently, this essential service simply must continue. With her at the helm Growing Well and the people it supports can have some confidence that that will happen.