Auctioneers to support rural charity

5th August 2011

The Livestock Auctioneers' Association has become the latest supporter of The Prince's Countryside Fund which celebrated its first anniversary in July.

The Fund, which was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, supports farm crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding system, reconnects consumers with countryside issues and helps improve the sustainability of British farming and rural communities.

"We are delighted to be able to play our part in supporting rural communities through this fund", said Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers' Association. "As auctioneers we are one of the few organisations that is in touch with some of the more remote farming communities and those who live and work there. We believe this fund has an important role to play in providing much needed help and support," he added.

Since its launch last July The Prince's Countryside Fund has raised well over £1 million for rural communities. It achieves this by using donations from a range of businesses and distributing the money to charitable projects and other good causes to improve the long term viability of the British countryside in its rural communities.

In its first year the fund helped an estimated 1,000 beneficiaries. Already nearly £750,000 has been given in grants to 13 projects throughout the countryside including support for an apprenticeship scheme to train the next generation of hill farmers and a project to help young farmers to find rural employment and computer training in isolated communities.

"We are delighted that The Livestock Auctioneers Association are supporting the Fund as they are very much in the front line as far as contact with farmers is concerned and can provide support to the Fund in a number of ways which will benefit farmers and those in rural communities." commented Victoria Harris, Director of The Prince's Countryside Fund

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For further information please contact:

Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary, Livestock Auctioneers Association
01697 475 433 / 07885 731 502
[email protected]

Andrew Kendall
01394 610022
[email protected]

Notes to editors:
The Livestock Auctioneers' Association is the national organisation representing auctioneering firms which occupy and run the livestock auction markets of England and Wales. Its members handle the vast majority of all auction sales of farm livestock. The Association is also supported by representatives of the Institute of Appraisers and Auctioneers in Scotland.