Farming Help is an umbrella charity comprising four separate agricultural charities: Addington Fund, FCN, and R.A.B.I and RSABI. The cheque for £10,000, which will be split evenly between the four charities, was presented in June at Frontier’s offices in Lincoln.
Frontier colleagues raised £4,602.30 of the cash through fund raising events organised by The Responsible Choice regional coordinators.
The company also committed to donate a penny for every tonne of grain traded during the week. Frontier traded 98,933 tonnes of grain during that week adding another £989 to the total raised.
Sharon Kennett, chair of The Responsible Choice steering group explained: “We knew our colleagues would support The Responsible Choice’s involvement in Mental Health Awareness Week, but their level of commitment was fantastic. They got involved in so many ways and raised so much more than we could ever have hoped for. Frontier therefore made the decision to match their efforts, taking our total donation to £10,000.”
The money raised will be used to help people in many ways, such as:
- £140 will pay to install a telephone for one year so a vulnerable elderly person can call for help in a crisis.
- £200 – £600 will pay for a week’s respite care at a residential home.
- 1,800 will pay for a mobility scooter to help someone retain their independence and enjoy a new lease of life.
- £3,700 will pay for a stair-lift to enable those with physical disabilities to remain in their own homes and close to family and friends.
Sharon added: “We’re delighted to make this donation. Its’ great to hear it’s going to be spent helping people in need in some very practical ways.”
Pictured above are (from left to right) Frontier’s Responsible Choice team: Lydia Martin, Lauren Tregidgo, Cara Fairburn and Jessie Lambert, with Ian Bell (Addington Fund), Paul Hart (FCN),Vicki Beers (FCN) and Mary Martin (R.A.B.I.). (Far right) Julia Bennett, also of Frontier’s Responsible Choice team.