The Farming Community Network (FCN) has thanked the attendees of the National Pig Awards for raising more than £4,000 for the charity on the night.
A total of £4,170 was raised for FCN at the event on November 7, in London, through a game of heads and tails and a charity auction, with prizes donated by principal sponsor ForFarmers. NPA chairman Richard Lister successfully bid £800 for a supercar experience, while Richard Knox put up £700 to win a helicopter ride over London.
FCN’s Vicki Beers thanked Pig World parent company Lewis Business Media for choosing the voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families through difficult times as the beneficiary.
“This wonderful sum of £4,200 is very much appreciated – please pass on our sincere thanks to all those concerned,” she said.
“We are aware that these fundraising events don’t ‘just happen’. It is heartening to know people such as yourselves are prepared to go the extra mile, in the best interests of the charity – ultimately to ensure those in farming who need FCN’s special type of support and presence in the darkest of times continue to receive it.”
FCN has a network of over 400 volunteers across England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture. It offers free, confidential personal or business-related support to anyone who seeks help via a confidential, national helpline and e-helpline, which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.
The helpline is: 03000 111999
The e-helpline is: firstname.lastname@example.org
FCN says on its website: “Since 1995, we have helped thousands of people deal with a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes. Our volunteers will ‘walk with’ you and help you find a positive way through your problems – for as long as it is needed.”