Two years ago, when many farmers in Somerset suffered flooding, their compatriots in the north came to their aid with much-needed support.
Now, the tables have turned full circle, with Somerset farmers doing their bit to help those in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Durham, still reeling from the after-effects of a series of terrible winter storms.
The Barrington Boar pub near Ilminster – on the edge of the Somerset Levels – laid on a Farmhouse breakfast event and raised £467. Many local villagers attended the event, organised by staunch R.A.B.I supporter Sir John Lushington, and pub staff cooked and served all of the meals.
Pam Wills, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South West, said: “Many people here in Somerset empathise with the plight of flood victims in the north. A breakfast event like this is a small but important gesture, to show victims of the recent storms that they have not been forgotten and are not alone.”
Since last December, R.A.B.I has paid out £79,000 to flood victims in the north and parts of Wales. Last year, we gave out grants totalling £151,640 in Somerset alone.