Purston farm open day to raise cash for cancer charities

Tracy Russell surrounded by piglets and their mother
Tracy Russell surrounded by piglets and their mother

A farm near Purston is opening its gates to the public next week with plenty of animals and activities to enjoy.

Pigs, sheep, alpacas and potentially-calving cows will be on show at Blackwell Farm, as well as pony rides, a craft market and refreshments on Saturday, September 15.

Jenny the donkey will be the star of the show at Blackwell Farm on Saturday

Jenny the donkey will be the star of the show at Blackwell Farm on Saturday

The farmers are raising money for three cancer charities as three family members have beaten the disease in the past four years.

Tracy Russell, who helps run the farm, has had the all-clear from cervical cancer and said the event is a way of them giving something back.

“It’s something that has hit us quite hard so this is our way of trying to help other people in the future and help people who have helped us by carrying on research to hopefully find a cure,” she said.

As well as Tracy, her father-in-law and partner’s aunt have also had the all-clear after being diagnosed with throat and bowel cancer respectively.

Tracy Russell with some of the Charolais cows

Tracy Russell with some of the Charolais cows

So the open day is in aid of Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where Tracy had much of her treatment – “you couldn’t wish for better people to look after you.”

The family held the event two years ago and raised £1,200 so they are hoping to beat that with an even bigger range of attractions.

Visitors can get to the farm despite the closure of the A422 at Farthinghoe Bridge, which is annoying for the farmers as their fields are either side of the stream.

From Banbury, head to the Middleton Cheney roundabout and follow signs for the recycling centre. The farm will be open from 9am to 3pm. For more information, call Tracy on 07969 270086. Dogs are not allowed due to the pregnant cows.

Tracy Russell of Blackwell Farm, Purston, is having an open day for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tractor. NNL-180708-162939009

Tracy Russell of Blackwell Farm, Purston, is having an open day for Macmillan Cancer Support. Tractor. NNL-180708-162939009

Tracy with Fred the farm dog NNL-180708-162844009

Tracy with Fred the farm dog NNL-180708-162844009