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Well wishes from Forgemasters

22 May 2007

All's well that ends well for one city-based charity thanks to Sheffield Forgemasters.

Apprentice pattern makers at Sheffield Forgemasters' swapped their usual large scale industrial wood work to build Whirlow Hall Farm Trust a brand new wishing well.

The new wooden well now stands pride of place at the farm's entrance and trust bosses are hoping it will prove to be an invaluable fundraising tool for much needed cash donations.

Trust chief executive Bridget Evans said: "Ever since I've been here I've looked at the hole in the ground and thought it needed a well head on top and Forgemasters kindly obliged to not only make it for us, but also fit it.

"It's exactly as I imagined and really makes the entrance. Now all that remains is for us to fix up a winding mechanism for money collection."

Geoff Spriggs, pattern making manager at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: "We normally deal in huge castings projects so this was certainly something different for our apprentices to concentrate on."

Funds collected in the well will go towards running costs of the farm used all year round by more than 10,000 children and young people with special needs for both day visits and residential stays.

PIC CAPTION: Well wishes from Forgemasters...(left to right) Forgemasters' Tony Robinson, Alan Parker, Geoff Spriggs, Ashley Brown and Wesley Atkinson join Whirlow Hall Farm chief executive Bridget Evans (second from left) at the new wishing well.