Plumbs of Balsham, the dairy business that has delivered milk to Cambridgeshire residents for almost 60 years, is lending its fundraising experience to Cambridge Past Present & Future (CambridgePPF) – helping the charity raise money for the green spaces and historic properties it cares for across the city.
Over the next fortnight, Plumbs’ fleet of 28 milk vans will deliver 10,000 envelopes to customers in Cambridge and up to 90 surrounding villages. Arriving with the morning milk, the envelopes ask Plumbs’ customers for a contribution towards the upkeep of treasured local places such as Wandlebury Country Park.
Nestled in the Gog Magog Hills to the South of Cambridge, Wandlebury is a precious local resource. The 110-acre site is a retreat for walkers and nature lovers – and is popular with people of all ages. But maintaining the beautiful woodlands and chalk grassland for people to enjoy is expensive. Every week CambridgePPF spends £2,500 on the management of trees and meadows; care of livestock; protection of flora and fauna; historic buildings and other projects that ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.
Plumbs have always actively fundraised. Over the last decade the business and its customers have raised almost £80,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Justin Plumb, Manager at Plumbs, said: “Macmillan has been our charity of choice for eleven years. In that time our customers have helped raise a staggering amount of money. We are grateful for their support and remain committed to our relationship with such an important national charity. But a while ago we made the decision to also support another charity, right on our doorstep. We wanted something completely unrelated to Macmillan’s work so CambridgePPF and its properties – Wandlebury in particular – was an obvious choice. Lots of our customers are based to the South of the city and use the park regularly without realising how much time, effort and money is invested in the site, week in, week out. Our customers are known for their generosity and we hope they’ll see the value in fundraising for such a worthwhile local cause, which is of benefit to the environment and everyone in and around Cambridge.”
Mary Nealon, Head of Development at CambridgePPF, said: “In Cambridge we are fortunate to have so many lush greens, commons and country parks dotted around the city – all of which are easily accessible for everyone. But managing these spaces – particularly the larger estates on the outskirts of Cambridge – is not cheap. People are always really surprised when they find out how much it costs to care for Wandlebury and some don’t even realise the site is managed by a local charity. We are grateful to the team at Plumbs and its customers for highlighting our cause and adopting us in such a public way.”
CambridgePPF properties include Bourn Windmill, Coton Countryside Reserve, Hinxton Mill, The Leper Chapel on Newmarket Road and Wandlebury Country Park.
Plumbs will celebrate 60 years of business in 2012. The business was started in 1952 by Henry Plumb, who had a vision to supply fresh local milk and produce, without fuss to local people.
About Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF)
Founded as Cambridge Preservation Society in 1928, CambridgePPF is a registered charity campaigning to keep Cambridge and its surroundings special by positively influencing planning developments, delivering environmental education and managing the green spaces and historic buildings in its care. Its diverse property portfolio includes Wandlebury Country Park and its Iron Age Ring; Coton Countryside Reserve; Barnwell Leper Chapel; Bourn Windmill plus various wildlife sites and historic buildings. Key achievements include protecting sites such as Grantchester Meadows, the Gog Magog Hills and Wandlebury Estate from development and helping to establish the Cambridge Green Belt in the 1960s. CambridgePPF has a growing membership, which makes a vital contribution to the cost of conserving, managing and developing its sites. With its HQ at Wandlebury, CambridgePPF has a mix of busy full and part-time staff and is run by a Board of Trustees together with Advisory Committees staffed by dedicated volunteers. For more information about CambridgePPF and benefits of membership: www.cambridgeppf.org