12-year-old farmer Fred’s quest to support FCN

12-year-old Fred in Somerset has shown his support for FCN’s Wool and Wellness campaign – by helping to document the journey of wool from start to finish.

The Wool and Wellness campaign encourages people to knit hats out of wool with the FCN Helpline (03000 111 999) stitched in – and then gift them to farmers, so that the charity’s contact details are always close to hand, especially during the colder months of the year.

Even at this young age, enterprising young farmer Fred tends to a flock of 20 Exmoor Mules (Exmoor Horn + Bluefaced Leicester) under the mentorship of his grandad. He’s currently involved with lambing on the farm and has also helped out with shearing. Fred’s fleece has gone through a very clever process to turn it into a hat at the end of its journey.

Fred and his family, with the assistance of FCN supporter Janet Hickley, have helped to develop a useful little guide that shows how Fred’s wool has been turned from fleece into fashion.

Fred loves helping out on the family farm, but he’s also acutely aware even at his young age about the pressures many farmers are under.

“Farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life,” he says. “Farming is very rewarding, but it can be very hard and lonely. Farmers have to look after their animals, put up with the bad weather, deal with the rising farming costs and on top of their responsibilities they have to deal with issues in their personal life.”

Fred is embarking on a 100km walk throughout the month of April to raise funds for FCN and our work supporting people in agriculture during difficult times. You can access his fundraiser here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/fred-walking-1678823765032

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