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Farm donkey fund in memory of trustee’s mother who died from coronavirus

Kentish Town City Farm has had to close during the crisis

12 April, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Rescued: Nora and Dora

A FUNDRAISING page for two rescue donkeys at Kentish Town City Farm has been set up in memory of a woman who has died from coronavirus.

Ruth Beveridge, who lived in Gospel Oak since 1978, died in the Royal Free on April 1 aged 74.

She had for many years a special connection with the farm in Cressfield Close and especially its two donkeys, Nora and Dora.

Her daughter Diane Beveridge, a trustee at Kentish Town City Farm, said: “Her last coherent sentence was: ‘Where are my donkeys, Nora and Dora?’ In her memory I would like to raise money for her beloved donkeys, as flowers cannot be sent due to circumstances. This would have made my mother happy knowing the money would be going to a worthy cause.”

Nora and Dora were two of five donkeys rescued by the Donkey Sanctuary charity. They were given a permanent home at Kentish Town City Farm two years ago.

Diane, who has a connection to the farm stretching back to 1976, was one of several long-standing farm staff who successfully campaigned against a series of cutbacks last year.

She called on people to “stop playing with the idea of being invincible”, adding: “So what if you can’t go out and do stuff you want? Neither can the people who have lost their lives. Stay home, stay safe, stay strong.”

The farm has had to close to the public because of coronavirus and its board of trustees are preparing to launch a fundraising campaign.

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kentish-town-city-farm

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