Charitable partnership launched to address mental health among farming community

Warwickshire-based land, development, property agency & consultancy Newton LDP is supporting efforts to address mental health issues among farming communities through a new charitable partnership with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

The company will raise awareness and money for RABI, including for two new programmes that are being set up by RABI after the results of its Big Farming Survey found a third of the farming community are probably or possibly depressed.

An accredited and bespoke farming mental health first aid training service and access to in-person mental health support was launched by farming’s oldest and largest charity in January.

Newton LDP’s first major fundraising event will be a clay pigeon shoot on 20th May at the Shuckburgh Estate on the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire border. 

It will also act as a champion of mental health awareness and make its impressive headquarters in the rural Warwickshire village of Stockton available to the charity as a venue for regional events.

Richard Foxon, Managing Director at Newton LDP, said: “I was born into a farming family and have spent much of my career working in and with rural communities so I know very well the every-day challenges that are faced by an industry that is so important to the UK economy and one that can be extremely resilient with the right support, much of which comes from the RABI.

“Establishing a formal partnership with RABI will allow us as a company to become advocates of their work within rural communities that we work in, and to support these new and important initiatives through fundraising.”

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution was established in 1860 and is farming’s oldest and largest charity, providing financial support, guidance and practical care to farmers, farmworkers, partners and dependants in complete confidence.

Suzy Deeley, RABI corporate partnership manager, said: “Despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, many say they remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses which underpins the reason why it’s vital that we do all we can to improve and maintain their wellbeing.

“The support that we get from companies like Newton LDP enables us to continue to provide our support services to farmers throughout England and Wales, so we’re delighted that they have chosen us as their charitable partner and look forward to working with them.”

Newton LDP is a land, development, property agency & consultancy firm based in Warwickshire but operating nationally. It was established in July 2021 by Richard Foxon and Piers Beeton, who are well-known, experienced and respected operators within the development land sector.

The firm has ambitious growth plans and is due to widen its range of services by establishing a rural property consultancy team in early 2022, which will provide professional advice to landowners, farmers and property owners.

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