Northumberland fund raisers praised for contributions to farming charity

North East events help Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution nearly triple income

R.A.B.I fundraisers, from left, Helen Bacon, Fred Ryle, Stoker Frater, Tania Conway, Lucy Armstrong, Jill McGregor, Tom Armstrong, Warwick Milne
R.A.B.I fundraisers, from left, Helen Bacon, Fred Ryle, Stoker Frater, Tania Conway, Lucy Armstrong, Jill McGregor, Tom Armstrong, Warwick Milne

Northumberland fundraisers have been hailed an inspiration by farming charity R.A.B.I (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution), after helping the organisation boost its income dramatically compared to last year.

In May, a dinner, dance, raffle and auction event, organised by farmers’ wives from the county and held at Kelso Auction Mart, raised £22,900 for flood-hit farmers in Somerset.

One organiser, NFU group secretary Tania Conway, accompanied by fellow supporters, then continued the fundraising by generating £4,536 through a 300 mile cycle ride. In July then, a open day held at The Armstrong’s Household and Farming Museum near Alnwick raised a further £604.

R.A.B.I helps farmers, farm workers and their families if they are in financial difficulty

Regional manager Sally Conner, who attended a recent cheque presentation in Morpeth following the fundraising activities, said: “We are very grateful to everyone involved in these events and for helping to raise money for farming families - the poor weather last year has been a particular spur, but farmers are still struggling.

“The fact that our fundraising has increased from £6,694 in the first seven months of last year to £18,792 in the same period of this year is really inspiring, but the complexity of cases has also increased and we have given out double the amount in grants since the same time last year. Continued support is always needed.”

For more information, visit www.rabi.org.uk or call the charity’s confidential helpline on 0300 303 7373.

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