As part of the on-going research carried out by the Map of Ag Farm Research Unit team have been donating towards a number or rural charities, these include: RABI, RSABI, Rural Support (NI), EmbraceFARM, Forage Aid and FCN.
So far this year the team have raised over £2,600 to be shared between the rural charities.
These charities have touched the lives of many members of the Map of Ag team at some point in time and support for them has been building since fundraising started in 2018, with a total figure of £21,562 donated over this time to date.
Kate Rider, Support Officer at The Farming Community Network recently commented: “It is always encouraging for everyone at FCN to know that there are so many other people who are keen to support the nation’s farmers and their families, at times of difficulty and upheaval. Your generous donation will help us to continue supporting those in need and assist us in creating a resilient farming future.”
The Map of Ag Farm Research Unit have conversed with tens of thousands of farmers about topics that matter. Research studies enable the team to gather information and build a detailed picture on farming issues and trends.
The research collects and communicates farmers’ views and opinions on key farming issues to the wider industry. This valuable insight is only made possible with the collaboration of the large group of cooperative farmers.
Nicola Fawkes, Farm Research Unit Manager, explains: “Our team speak to farmers every day on – good days and bad days. We get a real insight to both their successes and challenges. Having the ability to support several charities which cover both UK and Ireland is important to us, and our social responsibility as part of the Map of Ag group. The charities we donate to make a real difference to the lives of these farmers and their families – we want to help them make more good days.”
The team are extremely grateful for the continued support from farmers and look forward to continuing donations to rural charities which will benefit and enhance the lives of the rural community.
The Farming Community Network (FCN)
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.
FCN has over 400 volunteers, located throughout England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face. FCN volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related.
In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN runs a confidential national helpline (03000 111 999) and e-helpline (email@example.com) which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.
Each year FCN helps approximately 6,000 people with a wide variety of issues including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.
FCN relies solely on donations and grants in order to continue supporting the farming community. With British farming facing deep uncertainty in the coming years, the workload of FCN volunteers is expected to increase significantly. Information about donating to FCN can be found here: https://fcn.org.uk/donate/< View more articles