NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donates £60,000 to The Royal Countryside Fund 

August 31, 2023

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has announced its first round of donations for 2023—totalling more than £450,000 and giving support to 15 rural causes across the UK.

James Kittow (RCF farmer), Edward Richardson (Farm Cornwall), Allan Wilkinson (RCF Trustee), Keith Halstead (RCF) and Nick Turner (NFU Mutual) at the Royal Cornwall Show.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is one of the main ways leading rural insurer NFU Mutual provides charitable donations, and its work forms part of NFU Mutual’s £3.25m charitable giving pledge to support its members and their communities during 2023. 

This latest round of funding will help to deliver a range of initiatives, including rural poverty relief, helping small farming businesses to thrive, educating and mentoring young people, and supporting the UK’s air ambulance network.  

The Royal Countryside Fund is very grateful to have received £60,000 to help Farm Support Groups and ensure that we can continue providing vital services to local farming communities. Other organisations set to benefit from the donations include Addington Fund, RSABI, The Farming Community Network and Tir Dewi  

Nick Turner, Group Chief Executive of NFU Mutual, said: “Supporting our communities has always been at the very heart of our approach, and NFU Mutual is committed to making a positive impact through its charitable giving programme. These latest donations from the Trust will help support our members and their communities in many different ways, and we’re very proud to be championing the work of these great causes.”   

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Royal Countryside Fund, explained how the Trust’s donation will be making a difference: “The Royal Countryside Fund is incredibly grateful for the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust’s continued support of our Farm Support Group Initiative. This funding has allowed us to increase capacity across the network, supporting hundreds more farming families each year on a wide range of issues from business advice through to pastoral support, helping to ensure a thriving and diverse agricultural community in the UK. As farming families continue to face uncertainty, we are proud to offer them practical assistance when they need it most.” 

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