Farming News - NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donates a further £118,500 to support rural charities

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donates a further £118,500 to support rural charities

12 Aug 2020
Frontdesk / Finance

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is pleased to announce donations totalling £118,500 to support 11 UK charities. The funding boost will help deliver a range of initiatives, such as relieving rural poverty, supporting helplines offering emotional and practical advice, providing affordable housing for farming families and helping to sustain food and farming education. 

The charities set to benefit from the donations are:

  • Access to Farms

  • Addington Fund

  • Farming Community Network

  • Farms for City Children

  • Gareth Raw Rees

  • Nuffield Scholarship

  • Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I)

  • Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET)

  • Rural Support

  • The Alzheimer’s Society

  • Wales YFC

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is one of the main ways leading rural insurer NFU Mutual provides charitable support for its communities.

This latest round of donations follows £739,000 of funding announced in May, after the insurer pledged an additional of £750,000 to the Charitable Trust as part of its £32m Coronavirus support package.   

This year, The Charitable Trust has now made donations totalling over £857,000 and expect overall donations during 2020 to reach £1m by the end of the year. Applications for November’s round of donations are now open.

The donations will be available immediately, allowing the charities to continue to provide crucial support services at a time when their usual fundraising events have had to be cancelled.   

Lindsay Sinclair, Group Chief Executive of NFU Mutual, said: “We‘re proud to be championing these charities as they work to tackle isolation, support mental health and wellbeing, and enrich young lives through agricultural education and innovation.

“As a result of COVID-19, we know that there are extra demands on charities, and we want to help them to build resilience for the future. The emotional and practical support offered by these charities will be vital for all our communities at this challenging time.

“NFU Mutual has been supporting our members and communities for over 100 years, and through the Charitable Trust we work closely to support causes across all corners of the UK who are changing lives and giving hope for a better future.

Full breakdown of NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donations in July:

Access to Farms

£7,500

Addington Fund

£10,000

Farming Community Network

£5,000

Farms for City Children

£10,000

Gareth Raw Rees

£2,000

Nuffield Scholarship

£13,000

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I)

£5,000

Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET)

£20,000

Rural Support

£15,000

The Alzheimer’s Society

£20,000

Wales YFC

£11,000

Total

£118,500