Hosting the Future Roots & Countrymen Club tractor raffle and lending support to the valuable service the Charity provides to the rural community is another reason we're missing being at Dorset County Show today
Today, we would love to have been welcoming you to our stand at Dorset County Show. At the front of our stand, in pride of place, would have been a vintage tractor. We’d have been cajoling you into buying raffle tickets to win it, raising valuable resources for Future Roots and The Countrymen Club. The work they carry out is hugely important within the local rural community we know and love, therefore, we have taken the unusual step of sharing a plea for your support for and engagement with this invaluable resource.
Future Roots was one of the charities chosen by Symonds & Sampson in 2018. Nominated by our staff, we were pleased to support the charity and the invaluable work they do in using farming and the countryside to provide effective solutions to health and social problems. At the time, Future Roots were starting a pilot ‘Countrymen’ project, working to tackle the specific challenges faced by older men from rural communities within Dorset. It aimed to help them become more resilient to the life-changes they experience as a result of rural isolation and ageing & was funded by the Lottery.
Like so many charities and organisations, the current Covid-19 pandemic has decimated fund-raising and had a harsh impact on The Countrymen activities. The charity has strived to maintain links with the men, their families and carers throughout lockdown, and small groups are now back on site. Others are desperate to return. Understandably, such small groups are not financially viable long term and the Charity are trying to secure not only extra funding, but also to raise awareness and reach out to others who may benefit from the club, which is part of the requirements to maintain funding.
So, if you know people who could benefit from the services provided, or indeed would like to support their work, please contact the main office on 01963 210703, visit their website, check out their Facebook page or email Jan for further information.