Led by chairman Philip Wrayford, the committee collected the award, which recognises the regional committee which raised the most money for the farming charity during the year, from National Farmers’ Union deputy president Minette Batters in front of a packed audience at R.A.B.I.’s Annual Meeting in Oxford on 13 May.
R.A.B.I regional manager for the South West, Pam Wills said: “The Devon committee is a hardworking group of committed supporters. Every year they put on a number of fundraising events as well as attending many of the county shows. Their work, along with the support of other local supporters and businesses that they have brought on board, helped to raise £91,579 for R.A.B.I in 2014.”
Also on centre stage, Celia Hyland, an active member of Devon committee and keen fundraiser, collected a Trustee award at the annual meeting.
R.A.B.I chief executive Paul Burrows said: “Celia has been a long standing and pro-active member of the Devon Committee for many years. She has held a number of officer positions, including two spells as chairman, the last of which helped raise the most funds during 2014 – a terrific achievement. She keeps R.A.B.I at the forefront of the farming community’s mind and is a true ambassador for the charity”
R.A.B.I gave £1.93 million in grants to farming people in 2014 and helped people claim £378,000 in state benefits.
NFU deputy president Minette Batters was guest speaker at the meeting held in Oxford and spoke of the importance of the relationships between the NFU and NGOs, she said: “My earliest childhood memory was of wanting to be a farmer and that ambition never left me… I hope I bring that same drive and compassion to the NFU.”