One of the biggest sheep sales in the country played host to R.A.B.I at the beginning of August when regional manager for South Central, Jenni Thompson and volunteers attended to spread awareness of the charity.
Jenni and team got the chance to network with local and national agri-businesses at the fair, which is organised by Thame Farmers Mart. Every year, R.A.B.I gives out around £2m in grants to help around 1,500 farmers, farmworkers and their dependants, of all ages. In 2014, R.A.B.I staff helped people claim around £379k in state benefits and more than £297k was paid out in grants to working farmers.
Jenni said: “Thame Sheep Fair was a great opportunity for R.A.B.I to chat with the farming community about our work and also raise funds at the same time. More than £150 was taken and this includes entries to the ‘guess the number of potatoes in the bag’ competition won by Tina Hirons. Tina guessed closest at 196 – in fact there were 197! Thanks to farmer Geoff Farley in Somerset for donating the bag of British spuds.”
Pictured: Young entrants to the spud competition – Sophie and Beth Cox with regional manager for the East Midlands, Milly Fyfe and regional manager for South Central, Jenni Thompson.