FARMING charity The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) has received a £15,000 donation to provide emergency grants to low income working farmers affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

The recent pandemic has affected the incomes of people working in the agricultural industry through the closure of cafes and restaurants causing a loss of work, illness leaving people unable to work or having to immediately shield due to underlying health issues.

The donation, from the Morrisons Foundation, will support around 15 farming families in financial crises with welfare grants. The grants will offer short term support so the beneficiaries can purchase essential food and pay immediate bills.

Dan Whitbread, R.A.B.I. Head of Operations of the charity said, "We are exceptionally grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their generous grant of £15,000. It will make a crucial difference to farming people who are struggling to cope”

Morrisons Foundation Trustee, David Scott said: “We understand the devastating effect that Covid-19 has had on the British farming industry. It’s vital that farm workers are supported through this turbulent time. We’re pleased that we are able to provide the R.A.B.I. with this donation which will directly assist British agricultural workers.”

The Foundation was set up by the supermarket in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives. Since launching over £29 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Local charities are encouraged to visit to find out how to apply for a grant.