Emergency Fund

Emergency Fund

We are ready to help in a crisis. When the Fund was established, our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales identified a crucial role for us in responding to countryside crises. Whether this is an outbreak of animal disease or extreme weather we have an Emergency Fund which is ready and available when the need arises.

Our Emergency Fund is currently supporting farmers affected by the severe flooding in the Yorkshire Dales. Due to heavy rainfall on 31st July and 1st August, farmers have been left with significant destruction to fields, roads and bridges; livestock has been lost; and winter fodder and feed destroyed. It is currently believed that at least 30 farms have suffered severely as a result of these floods, with up to 80 further farms experiencing a lesser degree of damage.

In response to the flooding, we have released £50,000 of emergency funding which is being distributed by the Addington Fund. If you need support for damage caused to your farm please contact them on 01926 620135. 

We are asking for your help to supplement the funds we have already committed, which we will be used to ensure farms are given the resources and skills needed to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. If you are able to support this emergency appeal, please donate here

During emergencies we are able to launch appeals which raise valuable funds from the public and corporate donors. Our experience of working in these situations means that we know help is needed not only immediately but also in the longer term to help communities recover and increase their resilience for the future.

We ensure our financial assistance gets to the people who need it quickly by working with organisations on the ground, such as the Farming Help Charities. We also help communities with their recovery by supporting groups such as the Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group, which was established to support the farmers most recently affected by floods following Storm Desmond.