The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has joined the Prince
of Wales in supporting an appeal fund for farmers hit by recent
"The immediate impact of the floods has already
misery for many farmers."
The ARC-Addington Fund, which was originally launched in 2001
to help farmers affected by the foot and mouth crisis, will support
those farmers whose crops or livestock have been ruined by the
The Archbishop is to ask those gathered at the General Synod in York
to make a collective donation to the fund to help flood-affected farmers.
The fund has already received a donation from the Prince of Wales.
The Archbishop’s appeal has also been backed by the Bishop of
Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, who Chairs the Church of England’s
Panel of Rural Bishops. Bishop Priddis will attend the opening of the
Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate on Tuesday where he will tell farmers
more about the fund.
Dr Sentamu said: “The hardship fund aims to give small amounts
that other people are not able to give, but that are really needed to
sustain the farm business.
“The full personal and financial impact of the floods will not
be known for some time. However the immediate impact of the floods has
already caused significant misery for many farmers.”
Around 600 sheep are believed to have drowned in one farm in South-East
Staffordshire, while 350 were lost on a farm in Tamworth.
In the village of Wilberfoss, which lies within the Archbishop of York’s
own diocese, 50 outdoor pigs drowned when the river rose before the farmer
could remove them.
Both big and small farmers have been affected, Dr Sentamu said, and
crop damage is also widespread. In Herefordshire one farmer lost his
potato crop covering 125 acres, while in Shropshire a small holding farmer
lost two-thirds of his potato crop across 30 acres.
“We know there is a desire to help out there,” he said
The ARC-Addington Fund was set up by the Arthur Rank Centre, the churches
rural resources centre, and will provide a package of pastoral support
and hardship payments to any farmers who have been adversely affected
by the recent floods.
Working with Farming Help Partners, Farm Crisis Network and the Royal
Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the ARC-Addington Fund will offer
small hardship payments to farmers on a case by case basis.
The fund is particularly keen to support farmers who were not able to
insure their crops and livestock before the floods hit.
Farmers can call the Farming Help Partnership on 07002 326 326 for more
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