R.A.B.I officers – in conjunction with the Farming Community Network – have been holding surgeries for people affected by the recent flooding in Cumbria, Lancashire and other parts of the north.
North West regional welfare officer Jackie Clegg and North West regional manager Georgina Lamb (pictured) attended the Kirkby Stephen Mart on Tuesday December 15 to speak with some of those affected by Storm Desmond. Around 60 farmers attended the mart and many sought advice from Georgina and Jackie and took application forms away with them.
Further R.A.B.I surgeries were held today, December 16 at Penrith & District Mart and Mitchells Auction Co, Cockermouth. On Monday December 21, there will be another surgery at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, from 10am until noon.
R.A.B.I is seeking to proactively engage face-to-face with those needing assistance, highlighting the fact that emergency help is available. R.A.B.I is continuing to fast-track applications from farming people affected by flooding and storm damage, using a shorter application form. Emergency grants will meet ‘immediate needs’, for such as things as food and accommodation costs. Requests for help are being assessed on a case by case basis.
On Thursday December 17, R.A.B.I CEO Paul Burrows and North West regional officers will meet with HRH The Prince of Wales and other representatives of the Prince’s Countryside Fund to discuss what further assistance can be given to those affected by the recent floods and /or storm damage in the coming months.
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