What would Christmas be without mince pies, without Christmas cake and stuffing?
It’s thanks to the efforts of British arable farmers during late summer and autumn that we enjoy the harvest festival period and can tuck into our favourite festive foods at Christmas.
This year’s set of R.A.B.I Christmas cards celebrates British farming and the countryside at its best – and what could be more fitting than a green tractor, red trailer and a pig and a sheep in Santa hats? This very special design (modelled, above) created by proud artist Seb Gell, 5, grandson of regional manager for the North East Sally Conner, features among the collection for 2015.
Seb very kindly donated his picture to R.A.B.I and is excited at the prospect that it will help raise money for other farming families. Sally said: “He is absolutely farming mad – all he wants to do on an evening is go and feed the calves and ‘check-up’ on the animals with Granddad. I found an old pair of little overalls, so he puts those on with his wellies and off they go!”
By buying R.A.B.I Christmas cards you are helping to spread the word about our helpline as well as boost our welfare funds – essential during the winter months when many people, young and old, struggle with the costs of burgeoning domestic bills and the upkeep of the farm.
But at R.A.B.I we also know that the Christmas period can be a lonely time for many people, which is why we remember our beneficiaries by sending out a little Christmas cheer. In 2014 we gave out 865 Christmas hampers or flowers and we know from the letters of thanks that we have received just how much of a difference they have made.