Cream teas and cakes were served up to the public by staff at Barclays, raising £188 for farming charity R.A.B.I in the process.
The two organisations came together to provide the perfect mix for the cream tea event at the Barclays offices in Botley, Oxfordshire on June 6.
More than 25 people tucked into some fantastic cakes baked by Sarah Duffy of Freeths and Rachel Rahmann from Ellacotts. The event was organised by R.A.B.I’s Jenni Green and Suzy Deeley, in conjunction with Jo Dunstone from Barclays. R.A.B.I fundraising coordinator Lisa Knight also got the opportunity to put her amazing baking skills to good use.
Jenni explained: “Initially, we planned to hold a breakfast fundraiser in Oxford, but when this couldn’t take place Jo Dunstone kindly answered the SOS to lay on an alternative fundraiser in their offices. What better way is there to network than over a big tray of sticky cakes and a pot of tea?”
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) supports farming people of all ages in financial need, giving out grants of around £2m per year. Last year, the 168-year-old charity gave out more than £32k in Oxfordshire alone.
Jenni added: “As a charity, R.A.B.I is fortunate to receive incredible support from businesses, community groups and others associated with the farming sector. The money raised at events like this, throughout England and Wales, enables us to make a real difference to people’s lives.”