An amazing £3,000 was raised at this year’s Pembrokeshire Show to enable R.A.B.I to continue supporting local farmers.
This included the proceeds from the well-attended ladies’ reception morning raffle, organised by the daughters of show president, Dennis Reed, who had chosen R.A.B.I as his preferred charity. There were some fabulous raffle prizes on offer, including a £250 holiday voucher kindly donated by Bluestone National Park Resort and a wonderful blanket given by Melin Tregwynt.
The ladies of Pembrokeshire wore some eye-catching outfits and hats for the special reception and Jayne James, former BBC Wales presenter and ex-High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, helped with proceedings. Another BBC Wales presenter, Abigail Neal, gave an inspiring talk about her experiences on TV and spoke about the importance of having female role models in agriculture.
The NFU Cymru marquee was the venue for a follow-up cheese and wine fundraiser, arranged by the Pembrokeshire Ladies R.A.B.I county committee. Around 150 people attended, including NFU presidents Stephen James and Meurig Raymond, pictured above.
Joyce James, wife of Stephen James, also presented a cheque for £350 to Helen Williams, chair of the ladies committee. Joyce recently celebrated a landmark birthday and asked family and friends to make donations to R.A.B.I in lieu of gifts. A raffle and further donations boosted the total to more than £2,000.
Linda Jones, R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, said: “We would like to thank Sarah Alderman and the NFU in Pembrokeshire for their unstinting and continued support throughout the week. “Also a special thanks to county chairman Walter Simon for donating the wine, First Milk in Haverfordwest for donating the cheese and Wisebuys for donating the celery and grapes.”
Helen Williams, chair of the Pembrokeshire Ladies Committee, added: “Dennis Reed and his daughters hosted a fantastic reception for us. We would also like to thank Joyce James for her kindness. To raise more than £3,000 over three days is absolutely amazing and our thanks extend to all who helped during the week. The money raised will help us to support more farming families in need in Pembrokeshire.”