Things took a turn for the worse for beef farmer David, who was hospitalised while his farm was shut down with TB.
The bank stopped several of his cheques because he had reached his overdraft limit and told him they could not provide any more help. He had no savings and received no benefits. He lives alone and has no close family to support him, either financially or emotionally. He was referred to R.A.B.I by Social Services.
The financial hit from being closed down due to TB for a lengthy period of time was huge and affected both his physical and mental wellbeing. Things got so bad he even needed to use a foodbank to feed himself.
R.A.B.I is working with Social Services and the Farming Community Network to help David get back to where he was before the TB outbreak and has given him an initial grant of £2,500 to clear outstanding domestic bills.
In farming, problems can easily spiral out of control. Sometimes, all it takes is a small amount of support at the right time to get things back on track.
If you would like to find out what we can do for you please call us on 0808 281 9490. You’ll talk directly to someone in our Oxford office who wants to help and understands a lot of the issues which affect farmers.
Names and details have been changed to maintain confidentiality.