With all fundraising events cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cornwall's young farmers are relieved to have support from a rural insurer.

Cornish Mutual is supporting the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) with a support package that includes a donation and in-kind support such as website and IT support, as well as first aid training.

The federation’s clubs usually get together weekly for games, activities and meetings, as well as running outings and visits.

During the Covid-19 crisis, they have been using video conferencing and social media to keep in touch with members and maintain regular social interaction and support, which is a key part of the Young Farmers ethos.

The support from Cornish Mutual also enabled the federation to run an online livestock show in June.

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Kelly Evans, county organiser for the Cornwall Federation of YFCs said: “We are truly grateful to Cornish Mutual for their third, very generous, donation. This support is helping us to maintain a full staff team to provide activities, training opportunities and support to rural young people all over Cornwall.

“With the cancellation of all of our fundraisers during lockdown, this sponsorship is so valuable in supporting us to keep the federation moving forward and adapting, during these changing times."

Cornish Mutual managing director, Peter Beaumont, said: “We are very proud to provide the Cornwall Federation of YFCs with ongoing sponsorship. When the pandemic hit, we wanted to do something extra to support them through these challenging times, so we approached them to see how we could help.

“The YFCs play a vital role in many of our members’ lives. As well as being a key part of the social lives of young people in rural areas, they also provide a range of training opportunities. We are delighted to help ensure they can continue to provide that vital support to the farmers of the future.”