Cornish Mutual supports Dorset YFCs through the Covid-19 crisis

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Cornish Mutual has provided the Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) with a support package to help the federation’s nine local clubs to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The crisis has resulted in all of the planned YFC fundraising events being cancelled. Cornish Mutual’s support includes a financial donation and in-kind support.

Cornish Mutual has a long history of supporting Young Farmers’ Clubs across the South West. This latest package of support will help the Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to run activities and training for its 263 members.

The federation’s clubs usually get together regularly for farm visits, events, and meetings. During the Covid-19 crisis, they have been using video conferencing and social media to keep in touch with members and maintain regular social interaction and support, which is a key part of the Young Farmers ethos.

Cornish Mutual Managing Director, Peter Beaumont, said: “As a mutual insurer that is owned by its Members, we are committed to supporting rural communities across the South West.

“We are very proud to provide the Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs with ongoing sponsorship. When the pandemic hit, we wanted to do something extra to support them through these challenging times, so we approached them to see how we could help.

“The Young Farmers’ Clubs play a vital role in many of our Members’ lives. As well as being a key part of the social lives of young people in rural areas, they also provide a range of training opportunities. We are delighted to help ensure they can continue to provide that vital support to the farmers of the future.”

Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has a strong track record of raising funds for local charities. This year, despite the lockdown, Dorset Young Farmers has raised more than £7,000 for Orchid, a men’s cancer charity.  The charity has been chosen for County Chairman, Matt Frampton, who has been undergoing chemotherapy.

Tracy Hounsome, County Organiser for Dorset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs said: “The generous support from Cornish Mutual is helping us to carry on and provide a service to our members during these challenging times.

“As well as enabling us to run events online, Cornish Mutual’s support means we will be able to offer a good programme of training and competitions, when we can start running physical events again. In particular, we will use some of the funding to make our 75th rally and show, which will take place on 3 April 2021 at Dorchester Showground, our biggest and best yet.

“This has been a very difficult time for our clubs and all our members, so this support from Cornish Mutual, along with the ongoing commitment of our supporters, secretaries, chairman and all our members, really means a lot.”