Welly Week 2017 was a roaring success, but sadly could only last for eight days. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of us and what we do – as well as funds to support our work in rural communities – and we managed just that.
Many people got involved in this year’s campaign, including staff from NFU Mutual, Ellacotts LLP, Mitchells Accounts, and Agri Advisor who wore their wellies to work in aid of the charity. LG Seeds, an international plant breeder and seed provider, took an autumn stroll in their wellies to spread the word about R.A.B.I.
Welly Week is a walk in the park
Supporters in Anglesey took part in a lunchtime ‘welly walk’ in the beautiful countryside around the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park.
Farming Union of Wales (FUW) members and pupils from local schools came together for the walk and packed lunches were provided by the FUW.
The park is managed by the council’s countryside and AONB service. Park warden Will Stewart guided the walkers, spotting wildlife on the way and sharing stories about the park’s history.
Heidi Williams, County Executive Officer for FUW in Anglesey, said: “R.A.B.I’s Welly Week is a great opportunity to bring people together for fun and fundraising in support of a great cause. We are proud to be able to give something back in recognition of the support that they offer the farming community.”
Elsewhere in Wales, the Montgomeryshire committee hosted a Welly Coffee Morning. The Davies family was behind the event, which was held at the Trewythen Lodges in Llandinam. Coffee, tea, and homemade cake was on offer for all supporters, who raised around £650.
Six lucky winners
As part of Welly Week, This is Nessie and Grub’s Boots donated their wares for us to give away on social media. The prizes on offer were a personalised chopping board and sets of Frostline, Fenline, and Rainline boots.
More than 1,000 people entered the competitions, but only six could be winners. Those lucky few were: Janice Goldsworthy, Paige Dalby, Mark Lawrence, Alana Walker, Claudia Wren, and Colin Crawford. The prizes are already on their way to their new homes.
Stephen Noble, head of fundraising and development, said: “This was my third Welly Week at R.A.B.I and – forgive the cliché – it just keeps getting bigger and better! The number of competition entries was higher than ever. I extend our congratulations to the lucky winners and our thanks to everyone – and especially our many supporting businesses – for getting involved so enthusiastically.
“Welly Week is a winning concept because it’s simple to take part, encourages fun in the workplace or at college and best of all, helps spread the word about our vital work to help farming people in financial difficulty.”
There’s plenty of time to start planning for Welly Week 2018, or if you can’t wait that long why not organise an alternative fundraiser? Get in touch with our fundraising team