NFU staff turn miles into food

Simon Taylor, NFU Mutual, has been getting on his bike for the active fund-raiser.

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NFU Mutual staff in Scotland are running an active fundraiser from the December 1-21 to raise money for foodbanks across Scotland.

The challenge will see staff participants run, walk or cycle to contribute to the team goal of covering the distance between NFU Mutual’s 32 agencies in Scotland – approximately 1,600 miles.

The team is aiming to raise £6,000 and have collected £3,075 so far. Donations close on the December 11.

The final figure will be donated to foodbanks across the country, helping each centre to provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, feed those who have struggled considerably as a result of the pandemic and give something back on the lead up to Christmas, a particularly difficult time for so many.

The fundraising has been supported by an additional £250 donation from NFU Mutual’s Community Giving Fund, which was set up in 2005 to support causes that make important differences in the communities where NFU Mutual staff and agents live and work.

Mark McBrearty, NFU Mutual regional manager in Scotland, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to support foodbanks across Scotland and hope our donations will help them to continue to provide their vital support at this challenging time.

‘The pandemic has made it more difficult for us to run our usual fundraising activities, but we wanted to organise something that would both benefit our chosen charities and allow us to help employees to get out and about to support their mental and physical wellbeing.

‘The uptake has been fantastic and it’s great to see the team come together to support such an important cause.’

NFU Mutual has been a long-standing supporter of foodbanks through its employee volunteering programme, where teams of colleagues have supported foodbank efforts across the year, as well as Christmas Food Drive events.

During the pandemic, there has been a growing need for foodbank services across the UK, at a time when many foodbanks have been struggling to raise funds and keep going themselves.

This year, NFU Mutual donated more than £120,000 to 44 foodbanks across the UK through its Agency Giving Fund.

The NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund was set up as part of a wider package of coronavirus support, allocating £1million to assist regional frontline charities.

Donations have been spread across the UK, as well as across a range of different sectors, providing emergency relief and helping to build long-term resilience.

To ensure the money was donated to where it mattered most, NFU Mutual asked its local agents, who have over 300 offices across the UK, to nominate a charity.

To support NFU Mutual’s fundraising for food banks in Scotland, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nfumscotland.

 

caption: Simon Taylor, NFU Mutual, has been getting on his bike for the active fund-raiser.