Youngsters will be able to have even more fun down on the farm this summer – thanks to a generous donation from Manchester-based business services provider, kinex.

Pupils and volunteers at the Murton Trust in Scotland are set to benefit from the kinex Community Support Scheme financial award which will be used to fund courses and training at the popular centre.

The man-made nature reserve, situated on the site of a former sand quarry near Forfar, has been providing work experience opportunities for young people and promoting engagement with the outdoors since 2001.

They recently added a tipi to the reserve to enhance their site and compliment the farm which is home to a menagerie of animals, including pigs, chickens, donkeys, ponies, guinea pigs and ferrets.

Manager, Alison Elliott, says the £500 award will be used to ensure their work with young people can continue, allowing them to welcome even more young people in the months ahead.

Speaking about the news, she said: “We are really pleased to have been chosen – and the money will definitely be put to good use! We are a social enterprise so we rely on our visitors and on donations to help fund our work.

“Murton Trust is very proud to be part of the community here. It’s a place where people can come to learn about the environment, to boost their confidence and to pick up important life skills. We’d like to say a big thank you to kinex!”

kinex, whose head office is in Sharston, specialises in providing business services to SMEs, including fixed lines and calls, broadband, mobile, gas, electricity and water.

Through the kinex Community Support Scheme, kinex awards money to organisations, charities and community groups that make a positive impact in their local areas.

kinex’s PR and Content Manager Molly Chong, said: “The scheme has been designed to help us make a difference to communities across the UK.

“We were really impressed with the work of Murton Trust and the difference they are making to the lives of young people and volunteers in the area. It’s great to know that our funds are going to support a good cause.”

If you know a community group, organisation or charity that is providing an invaluable service to improve the quality of life of people near you and would benefit from some extra funding, please contact the kinex Community Support Scheme via email apply here