Last week Plunkett Foundation was pleased to attend Countryfile Live alongside one of our funders, The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).

We shared a stand in the Village Green with a great view of the band stand, who had regular performances from local musicians as well as Morris Men!

Over the 3 days we were there, we took part in the Country Mile challenge organised by PCF, where we met the presenters from Countryfile and our Head of Frontline, Nicole, had a chat to Ellie Harrison about Plunkett.

Nicole said, “It was great to have the opportunity to chat to the presenters about the work we do, here at Plunkett, and for them to get an understanding of how we fit into the rural community landscape. It was also good to see them supporting the Country Mile challenge!”

Back at the stand, our staff had a busy few days chatting to members of the public, as well as handing out dog treats and cereal bars!

Harriet English, Head of Engagement, said: “Countryfile Live is such a huge event and it attracts so many people, so it’s really nice when you have the chance to have a conversation with someone about their community and how Plunkett can help. We got a really positive response from people, and I think the chance to win a hamper full of goodies from Islip Village Shop was definitely a big draw!”

The hamper (pictured above) was put up for grabs on the Saturday with many people putting their name down for the chance to win. Many congratulations to our winner Anna Miles who said: “I was so pleased to win this amazing hamper! I never win anything so this really made my day!”

As well as enjoying a good day out, we were also spreading the message about our Rural Community Co-operatives project which supports communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland looking to set up their own community-owned venture.

If you are interested in finding out more about the support and funding available within this project, please get in touch with us here.