Congratulations to Melanie Abbot, the first winner of the award for the South Central region. These new awards are presented to committees or individuals within a region who, in the opinion of the Awards Panel, should receive special recognition for their work supporting R.A.B.I.
For almost 30 years Melanie has been secretary of the annual Bucks Farmers Ball – a highlight of the event’s farming calendar that continues to go from strength to strength, attracting an average of 400 guests every year.
The Bucks Farmers Ball generously donate a large sum to R.A.B.I every year from the profits of the event and the ongoing support this provides R.A.B.I is invaluable, amounting to over £140,000 since 2000.
While most members of the committee are on rolling membership, Melanie is the exception with her years of service. She is the backbone of the committee and every year devotes so much of her time to ensuring the smooth running and success of the event.
Melanie also sits on the Bucks R.A.B.I committee and supports many of our events throughout the year. Her dedication to fundraising and continually positive attitude are much admired and appreciated.
Melanie is pictured receiving her award from outgoing Chairman, Chris Riddle.