Strategic Rural Housing Scheme
John and Monica were in their 80’s. Married for 60 years they had been farming since they wed in the 1950’s. Starting married life with John’s parents, then moving into their own starter farm, and when the opportunity came, securing a tenancy on a larger stock farm.
They had many good years on the farm and also some bad ones. In 2001 when Foot and Mouth disease hit the farming community, their business suffered financially, and like many people we see, the effects meant that life was a struggle for years afterwards.
Despite having a love for the farm and their work, they were getting to the stage of their lives where they had to start thinking about retirement. This was emphasised when 5 years ago, John was diagnosed with an incurable illness which meant his ability to work was severely compromised.
The situation got worse until he was just not able or fit to farm anymore. They were reluctant to give up the tenancy but it got to the stage where they realised there was no alternative. There was no suitable housing in their area and the waiting list for local authority housing was huge.
Realising they had to find an alternative place to live, they came to Addington for help. Six months later they were settled in their new home – a 2 bedroom bungalow close to where they used to farm, to their friends, and to the essential medical support needed by John.
Donations to our Strategic Rural Housing Scheme will help other couples like John and Monica, to leave a lifetime of farming with dignity.
Affordable Rural Housing Initiative
Sam and Emma were a young couple looking to set up home in the village close to Sam’s work on local farms in the area. As a self-employed farm worker, Sam’s earnings weren’t sufficient to afford to rent a private property, but in order for him to work in the industry he loved, he needed to be located close to the farms he worked on.
At the time, Addington had a vacancy at one of its Affordable Rural Housing properties and Sam applied. Our trustees were impressed by his enthusiastic commitment to agriculture and his ambition to be self-sufficient and not have to live with his parents in his early 20’s. Sam has been a tenant for a couple of years now, and it has been a great pleasure for us to have been able to help him with housing and thus, help him to remain in a rural location where he is very much part of country life.
Trustees Discretionary Fund Grants
The Williams family had been farming on the fells for generations. Lambing time was always a busy time for them, as it is on most livestock farms.
Their 800 ewes were brought in from higher ground close to lambing time, but in late spring of 2013, cold easterly winds and arctic conditions hit parts of the UK and snow fell to levels not seen in the Williams’ family lifetime.
Addington was able to help Mr and Mrs Williams, and lots of families like them, with money towards the extra animal feed they needed because of the severe weather.
“I am so grateful for your help during a very stressful and frightening time. I was able to obtain feed and straw for my animals after my winter supplies were destroyed. I hope in the future, when I get everything sorted, I will be able to make a contribution to your charity.”
“Thank you for the support I received from the Addington Fund a few months ago. It was a horrendous year for us and the generous contribution that I received from you was a great help. We are not out of the woods but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel now.”
“I am writing to thank you for the grant awarded to me. This has helped more than you can possibly imagine and removed a great deal of stress and anxiety. At one of the most difficult times I have ever experienced in my farming career, this was a major life line in allowing me to continue.”
“We would both like to thank you for the help with our feed costs at this difficult time. We are really over whelmed with the support you are able to provide and it has given us a chance for some respite from the worry we are experiencing at the moment.”
“Thank you so very much for our recent grant. This has been a most welcome contribution towards inflated feed costs due to the terrible weather we had during lambing. My husband was experiencing serious periods of extreme misery and was talking of giving up farming, but your kind letter has cheered him up a lot.”
“My wife and I just felt we had to write and express our heartfelt thanks to the Addington Fund for your very generous help. The money towards our additional feed costs will mean that we should make it through to the spring now. We have never experienced such generosity and words cannot express how thankful we are.”