Staff, supporters and committee members gathered at the Bishop Burton College, just outside Beverley in East Yorkshire, for R.A.B.I’s latest ‘Meet the Chairman’ event.
More than 50 delegates attended to receive updates on R.A.B.I’s work from charity chairman Malcolm Thomas MBE and head of welfare Trish Pickford. Questions from the floor were also put to a panel of senior staff and trustees.
The event was hosted at the college by kind permission of Bishop Burton College principal and CEO Jeanette Dawson OBE, who is also one of R.A.B.I’s 12 trustees. Floristry students from the college ensured all tables were immaculately dressed and the college went to great lengths to ensure everyone was made to feel welcome.
Phil Batty, director of marketing, communities and legacy for Hull City of Culture, was another invited to give an address. Hull is the City of Culture for 2017 and Bishop Burton College is ideally located close to the developing city, as well as Leeds and York.
Paul Burrows, R.A.B.I CEO, said: “This event provided an opportunity for our chairman and representatives from our welfare, fundraising and communications teams to meet R.A.B.I committee members and supporters in the north and thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm in supporting our charity.”
BBC Radio Humberside broadcast live from the college for part of the event.
A number of donations were also made to R.A.B.I in the morning including £100 from the Food and Education Rural e-Network (FERN), presented by Hugh Wykes, chair of R.A.B.I’s Lincolnshire committee.
Christine Thompson, show secretary of the Ryedale, Pickering & Lythe Agricultural Society, presented a cheque for £500 and there was also a £500 donation from the Bishop Burton Student Association.
Pictured above are R.A.B.I chairman Malcolm Thomas and CEO Paul Burrows with students from Bishop Burton College.