UFU congratulate Rural Support on attaining the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Wednesday, 7 August, 2019

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has congratulated Rural Support on attaining the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is viewed as the MBE for volunteer groups and was officially presented to Rural Support by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Tyrone, Mr Robert Scott OBE.

The local charity supports Northern Ireland farming families and rural dwellers who are in need, by providing a helpline and on farm business support.

Following the presentation of the prestigious award, UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said, “Everyone connected with the Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted that the hard work and commitment of Rural Support’s volunteers, mentors and staff, has been recognised through the presentation of the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service. It is wonderful that the vital services Rural Support provide to our farming families and rural dwellers have been acknowledged not only on a local platform, but on a UK platform with Her Majesty the Queen having signed off on the presentation of the award.”

With a solution to a no deal Brexit still to be found Mr Chestnutt continued, “There is no doubt that challenging times lie ahead for our agri-food industry and it is reassuring to know that when the UFU direct a member to Rural Support, they will receive the support and guidance they require. The local charity plays an important role in our farming industry and on behalf of the UFU, I congratulate Rural Support on this tremendous achievement and I also say thank you for the continual assistance Rural Support’s mentors, volunteers and staff provide to UFU members.”