R.A.B.I has helped North Yorkshire farming people in financial hardship with grants of £90,000 during the first six months of 2016. This represents a significant increase on 2015 where grants of £60,112 were given in the same period and £122,508 given across the whole of 2015.
We were able to give financial help to 83 North Yorkshire families during the first half of 2016, compared to 65 families during the first half of 2015. The total number of families assisted in 2015 as a whole was 90.
Sally Conner, pictured right, R.A.B.I regional manager for the North East including North Yorkshire, said: “There are many factors contributing to these increases, including flooding, falling prices and delays in Basic Payments.”
R.A.B.I helps working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income. Help can also be given to retired farmers, farmworkers and their dependants. The work is funded by donations, investment income and money raised at events arranged by county committees, businesses, community groups and fundraising staff.
Significantly, while demand for help in North Yorkshire may have increased markedly during the first six months of 2015 so has voluntary income, rising from £24,681 to £45,436. Voluntary income generated in North Yorkshire during the whole of 2015 was £48,441.
On September 21, R.A.B.I’s North Yorkshire committee is holding a Golf Day at Kirbymoorside for teams of four to raise further funds. Entry costs £150 per team and includes a bacon sandwich on arrival and a meal after 18 holes of golf. Players are asked to attend by 10:30 for an 11:30 shotgun start.
On October 15, The Magic of Farming Ball will take place at The Garden Rooms, Tenants Auction Centre, Leyburn. It’s a black tie event with tickets costing £45.
To take part in either event, please contact Sally Conner on 07818 093506 or 01964 541400.