While organisers recorded record numbers of visitors to the Show, regional manager Milly Fyfe was in attendance to accept an amazing £2,465 from Horncastle and Conningsby NFU group secretary Richard Evison following collected proceeds of their annual dinner dance and grain competition.
Steve Smith, a beneficiary and R.A.B.I supporter from Lincolnshire also presented Milly with a cheque for £876.55 from funds raised at a clay shoot in May.
The retired Lincolnshire farmer, who has worked on the land for most of his life, wanted to give something back to the charities that have helped him by supporting other farming families in need.
Steve organised a charity clay shoot at the Nettleton Lodge Shooting Ground in Caistor, Lincolnshire, in May for R.A.B.I and the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust. A previous clay shoot that Steve had also organised raised more than £1,100 for the two charities.
Steve was able to access financial and practical assistance to improve his quality of life with R.A.B.I and raising money for others is his way of saying thank you.
Steve said: “You never know what’s around the corner. Sometimes, things can get you down but you’ve just got to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with life.”
Milly Wastie, Regional Manager for the East Midlands, said: “Steve is just an inspiration. He’s a farmer through and through who is always keen to help R.A.B.I.”
Other highlights of the 131st Lincolnshire Show included an RAF Falcons parachute display and The Kangaroo Kid who displayed some fantastic quad bike skills. The Show proved so popular this year that apparently organisers had cut down barley on one of the nearby fields to make way for more car parking spaces.
Pictured: Steve Smith, Minty Willoughby (NFU Lincolnshire chair), Milly Fyfe, Hugh Wykes (Lincolnshire R.A.B.I. chair) Meurig Raymond (NFU president)