Can you spare some time to help farming families in hardship?
Our Worcestershire Committee desperately needs more volunteers to help raise funds as we are currently paying out more to farmers in need in the region than we are able to raise.
Voluntary income is R.A.B.I’s main source of funding, with around £1.3 million received from donations and fundraising events in 2015. The charity has 54 voluntary county committees, who work at a grass-roots level to fund much of R.A.B.I’s work.
Becky Davies, R.A.B.I regional manager for the West Midlands, pictured right, said: “Worcestershire is a strong farming area, so we are keen to have a more visible presence in the county. I would love to hear from people who can give just a few hours every month to lend a hand to our cause. For instance, we will be at the Hanbury Show on July 2 and we urgently need more volunteers to help man the car parks.
“Being a committee member is a rather relaxed affair committing as much or as little as you desire. The meetings are roughly quarterly and are held at the NFU Mutual office in Stoneleigh. They are very informal; we just plan events for the forthcoming 12 months and there is cheese and wine afterwards!
“Events can include dinners and cream teas to tractor runs and car parking stewarding. It’s all very varied from one county to the next but all good fun. In a nutshell, a committee member helps raise funds and raise awareness of our cause so that those who fall on hard times know they can contact us.
It’s important that we keep trying to raise awareness of what we do. We don’t want people to slip through the net; we want to catch those who need our assistance and let them know that it’s OK to ask for help.”
For more information about joining our Worcestershire Committee please contact Becky Davies, R.A.B.I Regional Manager for the West Midlands: 07876 492839 / RM.West-Midlands@rabi.org.uk.