In her first blog for the site, our newest team member Sophie Marsh highlights some of the wonderful and creative work that people, companies and YFCs have been doing to raise money to allow us to continue the work we do preserving and protecting the physical and mental wellbeing of the next generation of farmers…
“I was delighted to join the Farm Safety Foundation in July last year and, over the past six months, I have been surprised and impressed by the creativity of people who are looking to fundraise for us. As 2020 begins, it’s the perfect time to look back and reflect on what an incredible year of fundraising we had. We’ve had all sorts – from young farmers baring all for a nude calendar, a sponsored head shave and tractor rides, to beard grows, cheese sales and charity balls.
You name it… someone has probably done it!
Our fabulous fundraisers continue to surprise us every year with their creativity and generosity – you really do mean the world to us, and our New Year’s resolution is to go all out to offer support and encouragement to you if you choose us as your charity partner this year.
With this in mind, I have created a handy fundraising pack which is full of tips and tricks to make fundraising just that little bit easier. From tips to getting started, inspiration and resources, I think we’ve covered everything and hope the pack helps you along the way. CLICK HERE to visit our Support Us page and download your copy.
By fundraising for us, you are helping us to raise awareness of farm safety and mental health among young farmers and hopefully change those poor safety behaviours that continue to make give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK.
Your generous donations last year helped us to deliver our award-winning campaigns, develop our exciting new education programme and create our brand new mental health in farming session.
84% of young farmers consider mental health to be the biggest hidden danger in farming at the minute and with the money you raise you are allowing us to mount campaigns like Mind Your Head (10-14 February) which is tacking the stigma surround poor mental health and I’m not overstating things when I say this could actually save someone’s life. This really is a big deal, so Thank You!
As a small team of three running the charity, I can’t tell you how touched and proud we are that people choose to fundraise for us. We’d like to say a humongous THANK YOU to all our 2019 fundraisers – you guys really are the best!
So, if you are thinking of fundraising, think of us and if you would like to chat through your ideas, or perhaps you’re not sure where to start, please get in touch with me. I’d love to hear from you.