Sophie, Countess of Wessex, met R.A.B.I staff and supporters at the ever-popular Westmorland Show in Cumbria.
The one-day show, held at Crooklands, attracted tens of thousands of people and showcased some of Cumbria’s finest artists and craftsmen, as well as celebrating the best the county has to offer in terms of livestock and farm produce.
Georgina Lamb, R.A.B.I regional manager for the North West, said: “The Countess was absolutely lovely and showed a genuine interest in R.A.B.I and our work.
“I told her that we had seen an increase in calls because of the summer weather and she said it was important for charities like ours to be visible through good times and bad. She was particularly interested in the help we give to working people. It was a delight to meet her. She was warm, personable and shook the hand of every volunteer.”
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is royal president of the Westmorland Show and was given a tour of the showground alongside Christine Knipe, chief executive of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society, stopping regularly to talk to competitors and judges.
The VIPs visited most sections of the show, which attracted record entries of sheep, cattle, light horses and poultry.
Mrs Knipe said: “Every show has its challenges and its differences but this will definitely go down as a landmark year in our 219-year history.”
Georgina Lamb added: “R.A.B.I has been fortunate to be named show charity for three consecutive years and every beneficiary in Cumbria was given free tickets to the show.
“The Westmorland County Agricultural Society is extremely supportive of R.A.B.I and recognises the value of what we do. For that, we’re extremely grateful.”
Pictured above are Georgina Lamb (left) and The Countess of Wessex.