Due to mental health problems, this couple were evicted from their farm, also losing their home in the process. R.A.B.I worked with them and other agencies to assist during a very difficult time in their lives.
“At a point in our lives where we felt so hopeless and alone, we have been so overwhelmed with gratitude for the amazing support that we have received from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and cannot thank your organisation enough for your wonderful assistance.
“R.A.B.I’s regional welfare officer was a true gentleman and demonstrated a real understanding of our situation, showing an uncommon level of respect at a time when we felt most vulnerable.
“We were moved beyond words when we received the oil delivery and were able to get hot water from our taps for the first time since moving here. The knowledge that we are now able to heat our little home is simply wonderful. Your kindness in also sending us a cheque is hugely appreciated and will provide a great deal of peace of mind to us in the coming months, enabling us to pay our domestic bills and bridge the shortfall in rental payments that we were experiencing. We cannot thank you enough for the positive difference that your benevolent actions have made to our lives.
“I am very pleased to report that my husband is gradually improving and will hopefully come home from the crisis house in a couple of weeks, when we are assured that he will continue to receive ongoing support for his mental health. Some occupational therapy is also being organised for him at a local farm, which he is looking forward to immensely. He is hoping to assist some youth projects by passing on some of his farming knowledge and support to others.
“Having now been made aware of the numerous ways in which you are able to help people, I am now going to do all that I can to encourage local farming folk to get in touch with you if they are struggling.
“The local farming community is a proud one but I am hoping to be able to reassure them, first hand, of the way in which you work and that they will be treated with respect and dignity. Thank you and God Bless you all, you have restored our faith in mankind and given us reason to lift our heads and hearts again.”