Calling on NI Agri- Businesses to give “Rural Support” this Christmas

Charity Christmas Hamper Appeal

Local charity, Rural Support, is calling all local food and drink producers to help hard-hit farming families this festive season, by supporting its Christmas Hamper Appeal.

The local charity has teamed up with wind energy company, Simple Power, to launch its first ever ‘Christmas Hamper Scheme’ aimed at helping farming and rural families in need.

Rural Support, which provides help for farmers and rural families through a helpline offering a listening and signposting service, is asking local agri-businesses to donate products. In this first year, Rural Support, hopes to be able to deliver approximately 50 hampers to hard-hit families throughout Northern Ireland.

Rural Support’s Development Director, Jude McCann, said “Every year, families throughout Northern Ireland’s rural community face a difficult Christmas. Our hamper appeal aims to provide a little lift for these families that can make all the difference at this time of year. We plan to distribute in the region of 50 hampers across Northern Ireland and are calling on the many successful and vibrant local food producer and suppliers here to make a contribution. By kindly donating only 50 items of your product, you can make a huge difference to a rural family in need this Christmas.”

To get involved in the Rural Support ‘Christmas Hamper Scheme’, in partnership with Simple Power, call  02890 918 420 or email:   For additional information, visit:

Simple Power 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 are delighted to launch this 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.  We hope the Hampers will go some way towards providing a little Christmas cheer, alongside Rural Support’s very beneficial support service.”