Farming charity R.A.B.I put on a Christmas carol evening at Salisbury Livestock Market to raise around £300 for farmers in financial difficulty. Just as importantly, the evening brought people from the farming community together for the start of the festive period.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is a 155-year-old welfare charity that helps people who have suffered accidents or ill-health or whose livelihoods are threatened by such things as bad weather or diseased animals. Farming is an industry like few others, where people simply can’t survive without the end product.
The carol evening was led by Robert Medway from Godshill Cherries and Stockbridge YFC told the story of Christmas – in which Mary arrived on a beautiful white pony to a notable rendition of ‘Away in a Manager’ from the hand bell players of Salisbury YFC. The R.A.B.I committees of Hampshire and Wiltshire joined forces to organise the function, kindly hosted by Southern Counties Auctioneers.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “Our charity offers support to farming people who have suffered hardship due to an unforeseen crisis and we also give regular and emergency grants. Much of our fundraising comes from nights like this and we thank everyone who helped to make the carol evening such a success.”