Lunch for struggling farming families

RABI's fundraising lunch at Winwick Hall
RABI's fundraising lunch at Winwick Hall

A Sunday lunch has been hosted to fundraise to support struggling farming families across the county.

On Sunday, August 4, the Northamptonshire branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) held a fundraising lunch, hosted by Bruce Green, at Winwick Hall.

More than 100 people enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment as well as a raffle and auction in the house and gardens of the hall. The £2,600 raised will bolster the grants and practical assistance which has already been offered by the RABI to farming families who are in financial difficulty.

Regional Manager Milly Wastie said: “In light of the current situation in the industry with poor harvests, bad weather, the threat of animal disease and financial worries, RABI have been there to support our farmers to help them remain within agriculture or help them to retire with dignity.

“Calls to our helpline have doubled in the last few months and we have been able to distribute grant funding to help those in need. It is ironic to think that farmers work so hard on the land to put food on everyone’s table but cannot afford to feed themselves. Of late one of the most practical things RABI has been able to do is provide food and clothing vouchers to farmers and their families to ensure they are looked after and cared for.”

Charles Morton, chairman of the Northamptonshire RABI branch, said: “I can’t thank Bruce Green and all our supporters enough for helping us to raise over £2,600 for RABI.”

Anyone wanting more information on the work of RABI should visit the website or contact Milly Wastie on 07525 323450.