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19/06/13: Power boost for animal charity

Rossendale charity, Cronkshaw Fold Farm Trust, was given a helping hand by power firm Electricity North West during a planned electricity outage last week. Dan Thompson, construction manager for Electricity North West with Dot McCarthy of Cronkshaw Fold Farm

Engineers provided a generator on Thursday (13th June) to ensure the registered charity could open their doors to local schoolchildren to enjoy a fun-filled day with the animals including sheep, pigs, ducklings and one-day old chicks.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, had to carry out vital maintenance work to ensure the reliable and efficient supply of electricity to the area, and power needed to be cut during the work.

Lee Maxwell, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Planned outages are essential to allow us to successfully maintain the electricity network across the North West and reduce the risk of unplanned power cuts.

“We are delighted that we could provide a generator to Cronkshaw Fold Farm so they could continue to provide a great service for children to enjoy and also to ensure the chicks were safe throughout the day.

“Although we are unable to provide a generator to every customer we ensure our vulnerable customers are given priority.”

Cronkshaw Fold Farm is a traditional working farm and also a centre for educational visits for nursery, primary and high schools where children enjoy many activities, including feeding some of the 200 animals on site.

Joy McCarthy, co-owner of the farm, said: “We understand the necessity of planned shutdowns and that they have to take place so work can be carried out, but it would have had a significant impact on us.

“Not only would we not of been able to open, but our baby chicks would not have survived without an incubator.

“We are extremely grateful that Electricity North West could step in and provide a generator so we could operate as normal and the children could enjoy a fun day with the animals.”

For more information about Cronkshaw Fold Farm please visit their website at

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