Charles Shropshire of G’s (right) shows R.A.B.I supporters around the Ely plant.
R.A.B.I committee members were recently treated to a close-up look around the G’s agricultural operation in Ely – the hugely successful business with a worldwide turnover of £400m.
In 2014, R.A.B.I staff helped people claim around £379k in state benefits and more than £297k was paid out in grants to working farmers. Much of the funding comes from public donations, events arranged by county committees, and support from businesses and community groups.
The G’s business was started in 1952 by Guy Shropshire. Today, it employs some 6,000 people and supplies all the major UK retailers from its complete farming operation based on The Fens.
R.A.B.I staff and volunteers received a personal tour around the G’s plant from Charles Shropshire, a third generation farmer from the family-owned business.
During the tour, R.A.B.I chairman Chris Riddle took the opportunity to thank his charity’s volunteers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex for the work they do. He said: “It never fails to amaze me the stories coming through the system. The majority of people we help have been put into difficult situations by sheer bad luck. Thank you for all you and your committees do – you are the bedrock of R.A.B.I.”