July 27, 2023
On Wednesday 26th July, The Royal Countryside Fund was delighted to be awarded a donation by Calor at the Sandringham Flower Show.
Calor, proud Royal Warrant Holders since 1965, were sponsoring the Royal Marquee of the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders at the 140th Sandringham Flower Show and made the donation on behalf of the guests in attendance. Calor supplies energy to many rural communities across the UK, and the donation to The Royal Countryside Fund will support the charity’s work in creating a more sustainable future for those who live and work in the British countryside.
Duncan Carter, Corporate Affairs Manager at Calor said: “Calor is delighted to support The Royal Countryside Fund and contribute towards helping those living and working in rural communities. On many metrics, such as fuel poverty, cost of living and building energy efficiency, rural communities lag behind urban. Calor works to make sure the voice of rural communities is heard by government and policy makers.”
Founded by HM King Charles III in 2010, The Royal Countryside Fund is the only UK-wide charity working to tackle the problems faced by farmers and rural communities, including loneliness, access to services, and paths to training and employment.
Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Royal Countryside Fund, said: “I was delighted to join the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders at the 140th Sandringham Flower Show, and must express our special thanks to Calor for supporting The Royal Countryside Fund. The donation will help us provide hundreds of people with access to local, practical support when they need it most.”
The Royal Countryside Fund has supported a number of farmers through their Farm Resilience and Farm for the Future programmes in Norfolk, including Joe Mitchell, a family farmer in north Norfolk. Joe said: “It’s been a good experience meeting other like-minded family farms, finding out we have similar issues, strengths, and weaknesses which provided a good focus for discussions to drive change. I would recommend the programme – it gets you thinking differently.”
The charity has also invested thousands in grant funding, such as to the former Oddfellows hall built in 1905 in the village of Barton Bendish. Chris Parsons, Trustee said: “It’s really great to see the hall being used so much and so many people benefitting from the improvements. We’ve never been so busy, it’s great to feel the renewed sense of community.”
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