Belfast Telegraph

Food and drink producers needed to help hard-hit farming families

Charity launches Christmas hamper appeal

Rural Support is calling on Northern Irish food and drink producers to help hard-hit farming families this festive season by supporting its Christmas Hamper Appeal.

The local charity has teamed up with wind energy company Simple Power to launch its first ever Christmas hamper scheme aimed at helping farming and rural families in need.

Rural Support, which provides help for farmers and rural families through a helpline offering a listening and signposting service, is asking local agri-businesses to donate products.

In this first year, Rural Support hopes to be able to deliver about 50 hampers to hard-hit families throughout Northern Ireland.

Rural Support’s Development Director, Jude McCann, said: “Every year, families throughout Northern Ireland’s rural community face a difficult Christmas.

"Our hamper appeal aims to provide a little lift for these families that can make all the difference at this time of year.

"We plan to distribute in the region of 50 hampers across Northern Ireland and are calling on the many successful and vibrant local food producer and suppliers here to make a contribution.

"By kindly donating only 50 items of your product, you can make a huge difference to a rural family in need this Christmas.”

To get involved call 02890 918420 or email

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