NFU Mutual Wessex is delighted to have nominated a number of charities across their coverage area to receive a donation of over £3,000 each from a national £1m ‘Agency Giving Fund’ launched by NFU Mutual. In the Dorset region, they have chosen Julia’s House.

Julia’s House is a Children’s Hospice that operates in Dorset and Wiltshire, working to bring comfort and care to families in need.

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 offices, each have been given the opportunity to nominate a local charity to receive a share of this fund to help them deliver their important work.

As well as helping Julia’s House in Dorset, they have also chosen Salisbury Foodbank, part of the Trussel Trust as their Wiltshire charity.

Steven Bartlett, Senior Partner for NFU Mutual Wessex, said: “We are delighted to be able to help two local charities that are close to our hearts at this time of crisis, and wish them well in the forthcoming months as we all continue to tackle this virus.”

Martin Edwards, CEO at Julia’s House, said: “We have temporarily closed both Julia’s House hospices to prevent cross infection but are continuing to give vulnerable children and families the support they so desperately need in their homes, under strict infection control processes. This donation will help to pay for some of the PPE we are now having to use to help keep our front-line staff and families safe.”

Maria Stevenson, Salisbury Foodbank Manager, said: “On behalf of the Salisbury Foodbank, I would like to thank NFU Mutual Wessex for this generous cash donation. We have faced many challenges over the last several weeks, our main concern being the reduction of the food donations.  This cash donation will be used to purchase food. With NFU Mutual’s help we will continue to support people and families who cannot afford their own food.   It’s estimated each Emergency Food Parcel contains £25 worth of. food. Therefore,  NFU Mutual will have directly supported 120 people with this donation.”

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 more about NFU Mutual’s coronavirus support package, please visit: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus/

 

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