The East of England Coop, the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, thought-up a token-vote initiative when they attended the show and while visitors to their stand feasted on refreshments they were also asked to vote for one of three charities.
Suffolk Punch Trust, an organisation dedicated to preserving the special Punch breed received £500 while Suffolk Young Farmers Club, a very active and engaging youth organisation and R.A.B.I received £250 each.
R.A.B.I regional manager for the East, Lucy Bellefontaine said: “It was wonderful for R.A.B.I to be recognised as a central support group for the rural community in Suffolk at this year’s show – in 2014 we gave out more than £83,000 to farming families and individuals in this county alone. We’re very grateful to East of England Coop for their token initiative and helping us spread awareness of farming people in financial difficulty.”
Pictured: Gena Moore – Corporate Funding & Marketing Officer, Nelson’s Journey
Lynn Warner – Brand Events Programme Manager, East of England Co-op
Tory Lugsden – Suffolk Young Farmers Clubs
Minnie Moll – Executive Officer, Membership & Marketing, East of England Co-op
Philip Ryder-Davies – Chairman, Suffolk Punch Trust
Christian Bone – Head of Member & Community Services, East of England Co-op
Rachael Mittell – Community Fundraiser, Ormiston Families
Lucy Bellefontaine – Regional Manager, R.A.B.I.
Rosie Western – Chair, Suffolk R.A.B.I. Committee
Angela Weigh – Campaign Officer, East of England Co-op