A FARM-based mental health charity has launched a campaign in a bid to secure the volunteer-based organisation’s future.

The charity Growing Well (GW), based at Low Sizergh Farm in Kendal, started the appeal in the hopes of raising more than £25,000.

On Tuesday, a crowdfunding website was launched with a film outlining the charity’s work and featuring people whose lives have been saved by its support.

Sally Ineson, who began volunteering at Growing Well 10 years ago after she lost her son Ben in a road traffic incident, shared her story in the film.

“I managed for two years to keep on working, but I think sadness suddenly hit me and literally swept me off my feet. Sadness became depression and I just got locked in this big black box,” she said.

“I found out about Growing Well from my GP and I just thought this will be just the job being outside, and what GW’s done for me, its created that proper medium for my soul to regrow, to mend my heart.”

The charity provides a holistic approach to mental health recovery through activity, training and support at its six-acre organic fruit and veg farm.

Despite there being no immediate threat to its future, losing Big Lottery funding and an NHS contract has put this year’s finances under severe pressure.

Manager Mary Houston said the funding was crucial in order to secure the charity’s future.

“The need has never been greater for our unique mental health service,” she said.

“We provide a lifeline to so many people already and that’s why it’s so important that we are able to keep going.

“Our volunteers tell us that we have the ability to rebuild and save lives.

“We know that now, in spite of public cuts to our funding, a growing number of people need our help.”

More than £8,000 has been raised so far at two summer feasts which was held in one of Growing Well’s polytunnels on July 5 and 6.

Diners enjoyed a multi-course menu of salads and vegetarian dishes using Growing Well produce.

You can support the appeal by going on crowdfunder.co.uk/growingwell.