NFU Mutual Charitable Trust support for The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s farm support initiative

July 20, 2020

With thanks to a generous donation by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the Fund is awarding emergency funding to 12 farmer networks across the UK, to support them in helping farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of £46,143 is being distributed to:

Exmoor Hill Farm Network
Lincolnshire Rural Support Network
Tir Dewi
Herefordshire Rural Hub
The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust
The Farmer Network Ltd
Yorkshire Rural Support Network
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy
The Farming Life Centre
Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy
Field Nurse

Gareth from Tir Dewi told us: “As a charity, we rely in part on donations to enable us to deliver our service and we have had to cancel all of our fundraising events. The Prince’s Countryside Fund and NFU Mutual Charitable Trust have stepped in and taken that problem away. We can now concentrate our efforts on supporting farmers and their families who still need help. A big thank you from me, Gareth Davies, and the team at Tir Dewi.”

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: We are proud to be able to support UK farm support groups, both financially through our grant programme, and by highlighting the importance of their work in our National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups.

“Over the past year, through the work of our Farm Support Coordinator Diane Spark, we have been supporting these networks to share best practice, communicate more easily with each other, and advocate on their behalf to government and other bodies. Our aim for the future is to make these networks more sustainable and help them to grow, ensuring that all UK farmers can receive local help when desired.

“I’d like to extend our warmest thanks to the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust for supporting our grant making during the pandemic, and to our corporate partners for their backing of the National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups.”

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Prince’s Countryside Fund has released nearly £170,000 to 75 projects across the UK, to support rural and farming communities cope with the impact of the pandemic.