Rural Development Council Gives 'Rural Support' this Christmas

03 January 2014


Rural Development Council joins Rural Support and Simple Power to Spread Festive Goodwill to Local Families in Hardship

Rural Development Council Gives

Simple Power Chief Executive Philip Rainey, Rural Support Outreach and Promotion Officer Melissa Wylie & RDC Chief Executive Teresa Canavan

The Rural Development Council (RDC) threw its weight behind Rural Support’s first ever ‘Christmas Hamper Scheme’ aimed at helping farming and rural families in need during the festive season.

RDC joined 15 local businesses including many of the leading lights of the local agri-food industry, to support the hamper appeal co-ordinated by wind energy company, Simple Power. RDC’s donation ensured that Rural Support can deliver hampers to hard-hit families throughout Northern Ireland.

Rural Support’s Development Director, Jude McCann, said “I’m delighted with the support from RDC and would like to sincerely thank them for their very kind and generous donation, especially given the added pressures employees are under during the festive season. As well as Simple Power who co-ordinated the appeal, the support of RDC is much needed and made a great difference to a rural families in need during the festive season.”

Rural Support provides support for farmers and rural families through a helpline offering a listening and signposting service. It deals with a range of issues including emotional distress, suicide risk, physical and mental health, farming paperwork and bureaucracy.

Wind energy company, Simple Power, works in partnership with farmers across Northern Ireland and is committed to an on-going partnership with the local charity, providing financial support alongside fundraising activities.

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey, commented, “We were delighted by the support shown from RDC for our Christmas Hamper Scheme in partnership with Rural Support. Christmas can be a very special time for many but it’s important to acknowledge that it can also be a difficult time of year for those in hardship, particularly within the rural community. Thanks to the support of organisations like the RDC the hampers went some way towards providing a little Christmas cheer, alongside Rural Support’s very beneficial support service.”
RDC Chief Executive, Teresa Canavan, said “We are delighted to have supported this extremely worthwhile venture in partnership with Rural Support, Simple Power and other generous donors. RDC staff have recognised that Christmas can also be a difficult time of year for some within the rural community and we were only too delighted to support this worthy appeal”.

Other generous donors supporting the campaign include: Armagh Cider, Bailies Coffee, Clandeboye Estate, Comber Potatoes, DJ’s Apple Cider, Linden Foods, Mash Direct, Moy Park, Punjana Tea, TMC Dairies and White’s Oats. Staff from the South Antrim Community Network and Ulster Farmers Union have also chosen to support the appeal.