Ewe with lamb in a field© Tim Scrivener

The Addington Fund is asking sheep farmers across England and Wales to donate live animals to help raise money for its charitable work.

The Tup 1 Ewe 4 Addington @15 campaign – launched to coincide with the farming charity’s 15th birthday – will raise funds for sheep farmers badly affected by outbreaks of disease, extreme weather, and flooding.

Farmers are encouraged to tup one ewe and sell it with lamb at foot in the spring, or to offer up the progeny as a store or finished lamb later in the year.

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From September 2016, when arriving at participating livestock markets in England and Wales, farmers can nominate the Addington Fund – which is dedicated to helping provide housing for farming families – to receive proceeds from the sale of the ewe and/or lamb.

Alternatively, they can commit in advance.

Anyone interested in taking part can sign up via the Addington Fund’s website.

Money raised will go towards supporting farming families within the same region as the market.

“By supporting the Addington Fund, we can increase their ability to care for out livestock farming community across England and Wales,” says Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association.