R.A.B.I’s 33rd annual Norfolk cocktail party was held this week, ahead of the
much-anticipated Royal Norfolk Show – which takes place at the Norfolk Showground on June 27 and 28. This year, R.A.B.I is proud to have been named as a show charity.
The cocktail parties were the brainchild of former NFU County chairman David Ritchie. Organised by R.A.B.I’s Norfolk committee, with support from the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the parties have raised more than £161k over the years. More than 250 people attended this year’s event.
The party was tinged with sadness for many, with Sally Mitchell stepping down as R.A.B.I county secretary. Sally has served R.A.B.I with great skill and dedication since 1982, when she first got involved with organising a local dinner dance. She subsequently became a trustee of R.A.B.I and was joint deputy chairman of the charity from 1996-2004.
Paul Burrows, R.A.B.I CEO, said Sally’s leadership had been ‘influential’.
He said: “She campaigned to enable the charity to help all those in the agricultural industry, including farm staff, when the Royal Charter was amended in 1997. Her efforts, especially during the world’s worst Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001, when a total of £10m was given out, were inspirational.”
Awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours, Sally thanked husband, John (pictured below) and sons Joe, Harry and Sam for their support over the years.
A hand-carved wooden bench was presented to Sally by Sir John White, of the Salle estate, on behalf of the Norfolk county committee.