More than 200 people attended our first ever fundraising event in Monmouthshire last week, raising £3,000 for those in financial hardship.
We are currently looking to expand our work in Monmouthshire and the quiz night at Maria’s award-winning mart café at Monmouthshire Livestock Centre – in aid of struggling farmers – was a resounding success.
The newly-formed Monmouthshire R.A.B.I committee organised the evening, with John Biggs taking on the role of quizmaster. Gwilym Richards, who has been elected chairman of Monmouthshire’s R.A.B.I committee, thanked people – including many from the local farming community – for attending.
R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones, said: “I am extremely impressed with the level of enthusiasm and motivation shown by our new Monmouthshire committee. They have worked together as a team and hosted an incredible event to raise much needed funds to support farming families. We are keen to develop our links here and that means making sure that farming people who need our help do not slip through the net.”
Monmouthshire’s fundraising efforts were further boosted by donations of £1,500 from St John’s Monmouthshire Freemasons Lodge, pictured above, £300 from Coleg Gwent (raised at the Usk college students’ Christmas Fayre), pictured below, and £75 from Llanvetherine Carol Singers.
Quizzers enjoyed a fabulous buffet provided by Maria and her staff and R.A.B.I’s deputy chairman and quiz scorer for the evening, Malcolm Thomas MBE, provided an insight to the charity’s ongoing work, particularly in Wales.
R.A.B.I county committee secretary Kate Beavan added: “It was a fabulous evening and to raise nearly £3,000 for the charity at our first event bodes well for the future.”