NFU Mutual Agents Matthew Price and Malcolm Watkins and their staff at the local Ross on Wye agency recently nominated local charity St Michaels Hospice, to receive a donation of more than £6,000 from NFU Mutual’s national £1.92million ‘Agency Giving Fund’.

The leading rural insurer has launched this fund, now in its third year, to help local frontline charities across the country.  The Agency Giving Fund forms part of NFU Mutual’s £3.25m funding pledge for both local and national charities in 2022, to help tackle the ongoing effects of the pandemic and assist with recovery.

To ensure these donations reach all corners of the UK and are directed where they’re needed most, NFU Mutual’s Agents, with over 295 offices nationwide, have been given the opportunity to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund.

This donation has enabled St Michaels Hospice to continue providing care at its Bartestree site as well as in our community across the county of Herefordshire and into mid-Powys. With rising energy and fuel costs, this donation is timely and ensures that care will continue for those that need it, when they need it, and free of charge.

Malcolm Watkins, Agent for NFU Mutual in Ross on Wye, said: “NFU Mutual has been a champion of rural communities the length and breadth of the UK for over 110 years, and the Agency Giving Fund champions local causes that are working day and night to change people’s lives and give hope for a better future. We’re extremely proud to have nominated St Michaels Hospice for this donation and are delighted to be able to support the vital contribution they make to our community.”

Matt Ashcroft, Fundraising Manager at St Michaels Hospice, said: “The charity has just been through a difficult period and is now, like all of us, facing uncertain times ahead. We are enormously thankful that the NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund is dedicated to supporting local charities like us, so we can adapt to pressures and continue to provide palliative and end of life care to those in the county that need it.”

It is vital that the services offered by the hospice reflect the needs of our county. As a rural community, providing care at home as well as providing transport for outpatients to be supported at the Hospice for clinics or respite is particularly important. The money received by this fund will enable St Michael’s Hospice to continue to meet the needs of our community.

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