Departing mayor donates £3,000 to farming charity

Cllr Jim Hakewill (right) promotes Great British Beef Week earlier this year at Glebe Farm Shop with its owner Chris Holdsworth

Cllr Jim Hakewill (right) promotes Great British Beef Week earlier this year at Glebe Farm Shop with its owner Chris Holdsworth

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Outgoing Kettering mayor Jim Hakewill has presented a cheque for more than £3,000 to his elected charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

The money had been raised over the course of Cllr Hakewill’s year in the role. He said he had tried to emphasise the rural nature of Kettering borough during his time as mayor.

The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA), of which RABI is a member, said the donation would be used to support farming families in Northamptonshire who need help in the form of grants for supermarket vouchers, fuel allowances, mobility equipment or practical support.

According to the CLA, rising unemployment, shrinking profits and plummeting confidence in countryside businesses has thrown the rural economy to the brink of a further recession.

Cllr Hakewill was succeeded by Cllr Keli Watts as mayor of the borough at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 15.