A group of agricultural bankers from Lloyds Bank left their offices and headed for the hills to raise money for R.A.B.I and farmers in financial need on May 19. Twenty-two walkers and a back-up crew of five tackled the Yorkshire Three Peaks, including our very own chief executive Paul Burrows.
Mr Burrows said: “I am delighted that the Lloyds Bank agriculture team has rallied to raise funds for R.A.B.I again by taking on the grueling challenge of the Yorkshire Peaks, as they did two years ago… Lloyds has been extremely supportive, helping to raise the profile of R.A.B.I. We are delighted to be their preferred charity and that they are committed to supporting the farming community.”
The group walked 38.5km (24 miles) in just under 12 hours, climbing 1,614m (5,297ft) from their start in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and reaching the summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough before returning to Horton. The group raised a fantastic £7,867.46 and presented the cheque to R.A.B.I chairman Chris Riddle and regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones at this year’s Royal Welsh Show (below).
Lloyds Bank head of agriculture and group member, Andrew Naylor said: “We had a good mix of walkers in terms of levels of ability, but it’s true to say our day job is more about sitting around the farmhouse kitchen table discussing how we can help rural businesses, not tackling a demanding challenge such as this.
“Supporting farming families through the bad times as well as the good is very important to us so we are delighted to have the chance to contribute to such a great charity, which does some brilliant work.”