Since starting in 2013,  Forage Aid has helped around 150 livestock producers that have been struck by extreme weather or other crisis with roughly £850,000 of feed and bedding.

The charity aims to support farmers who are in emergency need of help. Forage aid was kickstarted due to the huge snowfalls across Wales, Cumbria and North Yorkshire as founder Andrew Ward, MBE recognised a way he could help those in need. Huge news coverage of the charity resulted in 73 loads of forage and bedding with an estimated value of £155,000 being delivered.

Fortunately, Forage Aid was able to help again in 2014 when floods hit Somerset and thousands of cattle, sheep and other animals were evacuated from roughly 30 farms. In a crisis, it shows how the farming community can pull together and help each other out.  Philip from Yorkshire watched as the devastation unfolded on the news and knew he wanted to help ‘ I saw that the flooding was getting worse, I didn’t have any forage to donate but I could do something to help.  I can donate my time and machinery’.

Since then, Forage Aid has continued to help UK farmers in need and became a registered charity in 2015.  Andrew now runs the Charity with other board members and in early 2023, Addington Fund and Forage Aid agreed to join forces and build on the invaluable work the two charities undertake in supporting farmers and farm workers experiencing hardship.  

This year Andrew Ward, MBE is speaking at The Kent Farming Conference 2024 on the 24th of January addressing the issue on Food Security: Ideas For Change. If you are interested in what Andrew has to say on the topic, follow this link to register for your FREE ticket- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-farming-conference-2024-tickets-749223988117?aff=oddtdtcreator

If you would like to find out more information about Forage Aid, click on the link below to head over to their website-