Fundraisers in the North East dominated R.A.B.I’s annual awards ceremony in Oxfordshire.
R.A.B.I’s North Yorkshire committee scooped the Beaufort Shield, awarded to the county that raises the most money for the charity. In 2016, North Yorkshire’s farming fundraisers raised £64,474. The same committee also won the Sam Taylor Cup for the best new stand-alone fundraising event – the Magic of Farming Ball in Leyburn, which attracted more than 300 people and raised £6,300 last November.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society picked up the Dennis Brown Shield, given to the organisation which ‘makes the greatest contribution’ during the year.
And Hannah Binns, a member of Pendle YFC, was awarded the R.A.B.I YFC Cup. Hannah raised more than £800 through a skydive. She is also a committed blogger, recognising the need to get young people involved in fundraising for R.A.B.I and setting up an online ‘virtual committee’.
The regional award for the North East went to Denny Gibson, who has organised two antiquarian book and postcard fayres in the market town of Bedale every year for the past 10 years, generating more than £20k. Collecting the award on her behalf, David Burke said: “Denny’s from a farming family in Wensleydale and is the sort of person every fundraising committee needs because she thinks outside the box.”
Malcolm Thomas, R.A.B.I chairman, said: “Our North Yorkshire committee is longstanding and hardworking and these awards are fully deserved.”
David Anderson, chairman of the North Yorkshire committee, added: “We’re aware that R.A.B.I gives out a lot of grants to North Yorkshire, so we work hard to raise more funds for the charity. It’s down to teamwork but we have a tremendous committee.”
The R.A.B.I Cup – awarded to the most progressive county committee – also went to the North East, with Durham triumphing.
Tim Sedgewick, chairman of the Durham committee, accepted the award. He said: “We’ve had a brilliant year. The fantastic Sally Conner, our regional manager, fully supports us.
“We have a blend of youth and experience and everyone gets stuck in. Thank you very much for getting us here today, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Pictured above are Basil Bosomworth (left), David Anderson, Betty Burke, David Burke, and regional manager Sally Conner.
Below are Lord Plumb (left) with Tim Sedgewick and Sarah Maughan of the County Durham committee.
National Award Winners
The Dennis Brown Shield – Yorkshire Agricultural Society
The Beaufort Shield – North Yorkshire Committee
The Sam Taylor Cup – North Yorkshire Committee
The Hunter Farm Cup – Norfolk Committee
The Bryn Davies Bowl – Monmouthshire Committee
The R.A.B.I Cup – County Durham Committee
The YFC Cup – Hannah Binns of the Pendle YFC
The Trustees Award – Jack Walton