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Ashford Announce Agency Giving Fund Donation

Ashford Agency is delighted to have nominated local charity, East Kent Hospitals Trust, to receive a donation of £3,164 from a national £1m ‘Agency Giving Fund’ launched by NFU Mutual’s Head Office.

In light of the national emergency this country is facing, NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, has allocated £1m to help local frontline charities at this difficult time. 

To help ensure this support reaches all corners of the UK, NFU Mutual has reached out to its Appointed Representative network of local Agents. Consisting of circa 300 independent Agency businesses and 9 NFU Mutual Branches, each have been given the opportunity to nominate a handful of local charities to receive a share of this fund.

Locally, the Ashford Agency have nominated East Kent Hospital Foundation to receive this support and enable the charities Appeal to support hard-working staff at the William Harvey Hospital during the coronavirus outbreak.

The money will help support the wellbeing of staff working across East Kent Hospitals. The charity has so far funded a range of initiatives including toiletries for staff to use when they shower before going home after their shifts, radios for isolation wards, walkie talkies & magnifying glasses to aid communication when wearing PPE, and healthy snacks and bites to fuel staff on the go in ITU wards and Theatres.

Other funding is earmarked to improve outdoor spaces for staff to enjoy during their breaks, and for ongoing emotional support.

Dee Neligan, fundraising and development officer for East Kent Hospitals Charity said: “We have been overwhelmed by support from our local businesses and communities and are incredibly grateful to have received these grants from local NFU Mutual Agencies.

“These will ensure that we can continue to fund projects which will enhance staff wellbeing and morale, which are invaluable at this time.”

The NFU Mutual’s £1m emergency fund for local charities across the UK, forms part of an overall £32m support package NFU Mutual has committed for the benefit of customers and communities affected by the coronavirus.  To find out about NFU Mutual’s coronavirus support package, please visit: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus/