NFU Mutual Charitable Trust donate £50,000 to RSABI
21 May 2020
RSABI has been awarded £50,000 from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.
A recent survey of NFU Mutual customers* found that nearly three quarters of people are feeling more isolated since the UK went into lockdown.
Demand for RSABI’s telephone call out service has increased significantly during the covid-19 crisis as more people are feeling the impact of isolation. The crisis is also having an impact on the number of fundraising events that can be held.
CEO of RSABI Nina Clancy said:
“We’re extremely grateful for the very generous donation of £50,000 from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust. It comes at a time when income is uncertain for RSABI and it will help us to continue our work and deal with the impact of covid-19 on the agricultural community in Scotland.
“The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has funded some vital work over recent years. My thanks goes to everyone involved for their support.”
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has now made donations totalling £739,000 across several national organisations, including RSABI.
Lindsay Sinclair, Group Chief Executive of NFU Mutual, said:
“We understand how isolation is affecting people and families, and that our members need these services now more than ever. The emotional and practical support offered by these charities will be vital for all our communities at this challenging time.
“Our members have told us that loneliness, the strain of juggling home and work, financial pressures, lack of broadband and access to general amenities, is impacting every inch of their lives and leading to feelings of heightened anxiety and fear.
“As a result of Covid-19, we know that there are extra demands on charities, which is why we want to help them take care of the 'now,' as well as the future financial health of their organisation. Some of these funds will enable charities to 'stay open’ so they can continue to deliver their much needed services. Other donations will be used to support frontline assistance such as telephone and email helplines and advice and signposting, helping our communities to stay strong and resilient, from the Highlands and Islands to towns and remote villages.”
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is one the main ways NFU Mutual provides charitable support for its communities. Early in April, the insurer pledged an additional £750,000 to the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust to grant these donations, as part of an overall £32m support package NFU Mutual committed for the benefit of its members and communities affected by the Coronavirus. Additional donations will be distributed by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust to further this support over the coming months and, by the end of the year, it is expected that the Trust’s overall donations during 2020 will reach £1m.
The charities set to benefit from this first round of donations are: The Addington Fund, The Farming Community Network, Forage Aid, the National Emergencies Trust: Coronavirus Appeal, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), RSABI, Rural Support and Samaritans.
RSABI’s helpline, 0300 111 4166, is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm. People who are feeling isolated are encouraged to give RSABI a call.*Join the Dots interviewed 772 adults aged 18+ online between the 16th-23rd April 2020. The data was weighted to be a nationally representative sample of Great Britain. The research showed that 74% of customers feel more socially isolated that before the lockdown, with 45% feeling a ‘little more isolated’ and 29% feeling ‘much more isolated’. Men are significantly more likely to feel ‘much more isolated’ than women (32% of men vs. 24% of women). The predominant feeling amongst customers is that they are ‘coping’ with the situation (72%). Significantly more customers under 55 feel relaxed compared to those over 55 (40% to 26%).
To find out more about the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, please visit:
Providing emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector including farming, crofting and growing.
The Rural Centre
West Mains of Ingliston
The helpline is available every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.