Chance to give it some welly

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

IT’S been a dif­fi­cult year for many in farm­ing.

From Jan­uary to Au­gust this year, farm­ing char­ity R.A.B.I – the Royal Agri­cul­tural Benev­o­lent In­sti­tu­tion – re­ceived 582 new re­fer­rals. That’s 582 in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies con­tact­ing us for the first time, seek­ing help.

Over­all, we’ve given out £1.52m this year, in­clud­ing more than £318k to work­ing fam­i­lies*. Each re­quest for as­sis­tance is dif­fer­ent, so we tailor the sup­port we give.

We help peo­ple like coun­cil ten­ant farmer Tom, who lost 400 sheep last win­ter due to the bad weather. His in­come was down £30k on the pre­vi­ous year and he was strug­gling to pay house­hold bills. We sent him a cheque for £3k to help with do­mes­tic debts so he and his fam­ily could get back on their feet.

The work we do makes a dif­fer­ence, but we can’t do it on our own. That’s why we’re hold­ing Welly Week from Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27 to Sun­day Novem­ber 4; to raise aware­ness of us and what we do.

We’d like you and your friends/ col­leagues to wear your wellies to work, post your pho­tos on so­cial me­dia and tell peo­ple all about it us­ing the #welly­week2018

We’ll also be giv­ing a pairs of Grubs boots away each day in an on­line com­pe­ti­tion.

If you can make a do­na­tion, it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Go to www.rabi.org.uk donate to find out how. Ev­ery do­na­tion, no mat­ter how small, en­ables us to con­tinue sup­port­ing farm­ing peo­ple in fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

We hope you’ll stand up for Bri­tish farm­ers this Oc­to­ber by get­ting be­hind our Welly Week cam­paign. Thank you. Paul Bur­rows R.A.B.I Chief Ex­ec­u­tive

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