The National Pig Awards are proud to be supporting the Farming Community Network
Over the years the awards have been raising money for our chosen charity – FCN – with funds raised through raffles, charity auctions and various games. Last year, we raised more than £4,000. We would like to thank our guests for their generosity as well as our Principal Sponsor ForFarmers for going above and beyond in supplying the prizes. This year we hope to break the £20,000 mark for overall amounts raised in the 7 years of The National Pig Awards.
Who are the Farming Community Network?
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.
FCN has over 400 volunteers, located throughout England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face. Our volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related.
In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN runs a confidential national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm. The helpline receives approximately 100-150 calls every month.
Our volunteers will “walk with” anyone who seeks support and help them find a positive way through their problems – for as long as it is needed. We have helped thousands of people deal with a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.
FCN relies solely on donations and grants in order to continue supporting the farming community. With British farming facing deep uncertainty in the coming years, the workload of FCN volunteers is expected to increase significantly.