The Gilead Foundations Charity offers residential rehabilitation at Risdon Farm, Okehampton in Devon, for people suffering with addictions, depression and other mental health problems. Offering a training programme designed to help with resettlement back into society the Gilead Charity provides a course which includes skills training in areas such as catering, administration and farm work. The farm work includes horticulture, the dairy and the free range chicken unit.
To help support the charity Gilead decided to set up two chicken units for egg production on the farm. This helps to provide farm work for students, such as packing eggs, general chicken shed maintenance, as well as offering an opportunity to make a profit from the sale of eggs.
The Silent Fans were needed by the charity to set up the chicken units as the Health and Safety directive stipulated that extractor fans were required for the staff toilets in the two timber-framed fully-insulated chicken sheds.
‘It is fantastic that Vent-Axia have been able to donate these extractor fans to us at the Gilead Foundations. We rely heavily on the generosity of companies like Vent-Axia to help reduce our overheads so that we are able to put more funding back into the Rehabilitation Centre,’ said Ben Samuel, farm manager, Gilead Foundations Charity.