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The NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund

NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund returns in 2023 with £1.92 million for local charities.

We’ve been a champion of rural communities the length and breadth of the UK for over 100 years, supporting local causes is part of what we do day to day. During 2023 we’re proud to have distributed £1.92m to local charities across the UK, by continuing our ‘Agency Giving Fund’ initiative.

The Agency Giving Fund forms part of our £3.25m funding pledge for local and national charities in 2023.

The history of NFU Mutual’s Agency Giving Fund

In 2020, we recognised the vital need for supporting local frontline charities in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and so we set up the Agency Giving Fund.

We know that our agency businesses are best-placed in their communities to identify where local funds should be directed, so we have invited them all to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund. Our agency offices and branches cover over 295 locations nationwide, so this will also ensure our donations reach all corners of the UK.

To date, we have now distributed £6.84m though our Agency Giving Fund.

How our 2022 fund made a difference

From providing food parcels, to supporting local hospices and mental health support groups, our 2023 Agency Giving Fund championed front-line charities across a broad range of sectors, helping to keep vital services going for our customers and our communities.

Half of the fund, £960,000, was donated to charities providing emotional and social support. One such cause is The Olive Branch, in Northern Ireland, which was nominated by NFU Mutual Magherafelt Agency. Our donation is going to help fund Magherafelt in Northern Ireland, which were nominated by the Magherafelt office, and the donation is going to help fund free counselling sessions.  Richard Campbell, Agent at NFU Mutual Magherafelt and Limavady, commented: “Providing free of charge, no appointment necessary, mental health and wellbeing services is invaluable to our local community of Magherafelt, and across the region.”

More than £710,000 has been directed to charities providing healthcare, including 39 nominations for local community hospices and 24 nominations for air ambulance charities.  Hope For Tomorrow, which brings ‘cancer care closer’, received a donation thanks to a nomination by the Skipton Agency. Claire Radley, Agent at the Skipton Agency, explained: “Hope for Tomorrow provides chemotherapy locally, so people in our community do not need to travel so far and go to hospital for the treatment.  The charity will be using the funding to support their treatment bus that operates in the Skipton area. One customer said this service really helped her mentally as it didn’t feel like she was having chemo as she didn’t go into the clinical environment of a hospital.”  

The remaining funds, just over £250,000 were given to charities providing emergency food supplies and shelter, such as foodbanks. Wishaw Community Foodbank was nominated by our Lanark Agency, and a charity will be using the funds to enhance their services. This includes purchasing and fitting a new boiling water urn for their free café and creating a kitchen area in the charity’s ‘recovery hub’.

To find out how the NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund made a difference to local communities in 2022, please watch our short impact film below and our regional impacts section further below.

Regional Agency Giving Fund Charity Support