A special Sparkling High Tea, supported by FBC Manby Bowdler, has raised more than £8,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I).
The event was held at Brand Hall Farm, Norton in Hales, by kind permission of Jane Hughes, a consultant solicitor to our Agricultural & Rural Services Team, and her husband Peter Eardley, and was sponsored by the firm.
More than 180 guests attended the high tea, with food prepared by members of R.A.B.I’s Shropshire committee and Oak Apple Catering. Young farmers from Whitchurch YFC waited on tables. Musicians Elaine Cook, Megan Ainsworth and Dominic Cook performed at the event, while David Giles, from Shrewsbury-based auctioneers Halls, ran an auction of promises featuring an interesting array of lots from an agricultural shows ticket bundle to a Perspex cow.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity, giving out grants of around £2m a year to people in the industry who are in financial need. So far, in 2018, R.A.B.I has already given out more than £1.55m, including over £327k to working people and dependants*.
Kate Jones, R.A.B.I regional manager for the West Midlands, said: “It’s been a particularly difficult year for many in farming, largely due to weather-related issues. Farmers, in our experience, do not want, or readily seek charity. However, our message to them is ‘there is no shame in turning to R.A.B.I to help you through the bad times’.
“Events like this are fantastic for bringing people from the farming world together and hosts Peter and Jane were extremely supportive. We were also fortunate to be supported by solicitors FBC Manby Bowdler.
“At R.A.B.I we’re lucky to receive incredible support from the farming sector because most who work in the industry understand its uncertainties.”
Jane Hughes said: “I was delighted to be able to support this worthy fundraiser, both personally and professionally. R.A.B.I provides a helping hand when farmers and their families need it most and I am glad the event raised such a substantial sum.”