Addington Fund and Sheep
Over the last 15 years the sheep sector has had its ups, and perhaps a few too many downs.
Since 2001, the Addington Fund has supported many sheep farmers through some awful times including Foot and Mouth, flooding, wet winters, the terrible last snows that hit parts of Wales in the middle of lambing time; most recently has been the serious flooding in the North of England.
We have launched a new and innovative scheme, Tup 1 Ewe, to help raise vital funds for farmers in need, which will see sheep farmers donate live animals through auction markets around England and Wales.
The new scheme enables sheep farmers to nominate the sale proceeds of ewes or lambs to the charity when arriving at participating livestock markets around England and Wales, from September 2016.
“Farmers can donate a ewe and lamb or lambs or they can give the progeny of the ewe as a store or finished lamb,” explains Ian Bell, Chief Executive, Addington Fund. “The proceeds will then be sent to us direct from the auctioneer and the funds raised will support farming families in the region of the market.”
We offer a lifeline to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funds, and have worked closely with the Livestock Auctioneers Association Council (Strutt & Parker LLP, Shearwell Data and JG Animal Health are all supporting the scheme) to formulate the initiative and ensure it is convenient and workable on busy sale days.
“We want to make donations easy and practical for the farming community. Livestock farmers have always been incredibly supportive of our charity and this offers a new and unique method of giving money to a worthy and much needed cause,” says Ian.
“This predominately results in the Addington Fund working to provide housing for farmers who are forced to leave their homes,” adds Ian. “However, in certain counties, we also offer affordable housing to anyone currently working in, or retired from, an agricultural or a land based industry. A donation of just one animal could make a huge difference to someone’s future.
“The Livestock Auctioneers Association Council is backing this new campaign and we hope to add more markets to our list of participating partners in the coming months. Farmers should look out for details at their local market or ask their auctioneer,” concludes Ian.
“By supporting the Addington Fund, we can increase their ability to care for our livestock farming community across England and Wales.” Mr Christoper W Dodds FLAA, Executive Secretary, Livestock Auctioneers Association Limited
How you can help
We are asking sheep farmers across England and Wales to tup one ewe for Addington and sell it with lamb(s) at foot, or as a store or finished lamb later in the year. Auctioneers at many markets are supporting us and are planning to have some dedicated days when we will have a run of ewes being sold for Addington. Or you can take along your individual ewe and simply book it in Addington’s name.
Your auctioneer will direct the sale proceeds to us and all monies raised will be used to support farming families within the region of your market.
To sign up for the scheme, print off, complete and return this Tup 1 Ewe.
Thank you to these farmers for signing up to the scheme:
Mr Moody, Chipstable
Mr & Mrs G E Jones, Gwynedd
Mr G Burrowes, Powys
Mr J Hoskin, Dorchester
Mr D Lillyman, Devon
N A Wallington, Oxfordshire
Mr T Wrench, Rugby Farmers Market, Stoneleigh
Mr M Gatehouse, Worcestershire
Mr Chris King, Gloucestershire
I R Cousin, Cumbria
Mr Wellock, Eshton
D Mann & Son, Salisbury
Mr P Collins, Northumberland.
Thank you to these farmers for sending in a donation:
Mr Adams, Brecon
Mrs Morris, Wrexham
Mr W Ford, Olveston
Mr C Silverwood, Waddington
Mr M Stanbury, Cornwall
Dr E D Graham, Birmingham
Mr N Kermack, Helmsley, Yorkshire
Mr W Underwood, Aylesbury
Mrs E Pile, Cirencester
Mr & Mrs R Taylforth, Penrith
Mr J Berry, Cirencester
Miss Cowx, Cumbria
Mr P Gay, Devon
Mr J Rider, Launceston
Mr D Acland, Gloucestershire
Mr G Wilkins, Gloucestershire
Mrs M Brook, Exeter
Mr R Knight, Cirencester
Mr R Brooks, Norfolk
Mrs J Fleming, Kings Lynn
G D Powers, Rugby.