30 August 1996

WHEN JILLYS PIGS WENT WALKIES…

WHEN her local community took on the challenge of raising £8000 to buy a stair chair lift for one of her friends, Cambridgeshire farmers daughter Jilly Peck of Garden Farm, Great Staughton, wanted to help.

Jilly decided to tackle a 3km sponsored walk around the farm. Such a hike might not sound a particularly arduous challenge for a healthy 12-year-old, but it is for a pig and Jilly planned to take her pet pigs with her.

They are Wellington, usually known as Welly, who is a Kune Kune pig who has lived at Garden Farm for 18 months, and Chippy, short for Chipolata, the Vietnamese pot bellied pig Jilly has had for two and a half years. They often go for walks with her and she was quite sure they would complete the course.

On the day some of her friends turned out too, one adult and 12 children aged six to 14 years, including Stephanie Peters in her wheelchair, the friend for whom the lift is required. Eleven-year-old Stephanie suffers from a very rare debilitating illness, subacute sclierosing pan encephalitis which followed an attack of measles.

When all the sponsorship money is collected Jilly hopes her piggy-pace afternoon stroll will contribute £220 towards the purchase and installation of the stair chair lift.

Jilly Peck and her pigs Wellington and Chipolata took a walk on the farm for a good cause and raised £220, with a little help from their friends.