Did you know that every year, on a case-by-case basis, R.A.B.I sends out hampers with some essentials and a few festive treats? Our Christmas hamper campaign has now entered its second decade and we know from experience how appreciated the hampers are.
This year, 880 people will receive a hamper, and on behalf of them all, thank you to everyone who has donated so far. The hamper campaign aims to raise around £40,000 a year which is the cost of providing the hampers.
Part of a proud tradition, all over the country our volunteer committees help to deliver the hampers, and make that much-needed connection with our beneficiaries at Christmas time. In fact, Mary Passmore from West Sussex and Anthony Jepps from Wiltshire have been delivering hampers for more than 40 years! The hampers can also be sent directly from Festival Foods, the company that produces them, dependent on the recipient’s wishes.
R.A.B.I’s Head of Welfare, Trish Pickford said: “Our Christmas hamper campaign is a wonderful and tangible way in which people can help those in the farming community who are in need.
I’ve occasionally been asked why we send hampers; aren’t they old-fashioned, Dickensian even? The answer is that they are a perfect way to meet a basic need and at the same time bring joy and happiness to people whose lives are very difficult.”
Mrs A, wrote:
“Thank you for your kindness and generosity to me this Christmas… I am very grateful for the generous hamper and the financial assistance, also the beautiful Christmas cards and notelets that were enclosed… Receiving this help has made a great deal of difference to my life, I am able to have my heating on and keep warm which with this very cold weather and snow is a great comfort to me, and knowing that the money is in the bank to pay for it gives me peace of mind, also the telephone is such a life-line when you live alone. May I wish you all at R.A.B.I good luck and good health…”
The three regions receiving the most amount of support from the Christmas hamper campaign this year are as follows:
North Yorkshire – hampers will be sent to 64 people at a cost of £2,736.00
Devon – hampers will be sent to 49 people at a cost of £2,156.00
Norfolk – hampers will be sent to 48 people at a cost of £2,164.00
Mrs B wrote:
“It’s a real child-like delight delving into the box to find all the goodies… my Christmas will be a very happy one, thanks to all the brilliant fundraisers for R.A.B.I, and with all my heart I wish all of you the most joyful and blessed of times.”
Trish, Head of Welfare at R.A.B.I since 1998, knows the importance of reaching out to our beneficiaries and making them feel valued: “The knowledge that someone has remembered them at Christmas time, that they are not alone, and the excitement of unpacking the carefully chosen contents, lifts the spirits at a time of year that can otherwise be bleak and lonely to many. That is what we aim for in all that we do – to make a real difference to people’s lives.”