R.A.B.I is one of four charities that form Farming Help, along with the Addington Fund, the Farming Community Network, and RSABI. Farming Help provides a ‘one-stop shop’ so that people in need of help do not have to decide which of the charities is most appropriate for their particular situation. The charities cross-refer and welfare staff frequently work together to help the same family.
Frontier is a crop inputs and grain marketing business. As part of their ‘Responsible Choice’ initiative, they have committed to work with partners such as R.A.B.I to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Paul Burrows, chief executive of R.A.B.I, speaking on behalf of Farming Help, said: “I’d like to thank Frontier for their proactive approach in helping to raise awareness of mental health issues within the agricultural sector. It is something that we (the Farming Help charities) increasingly encounter in carrying out our valuable work and we thank Frontier for raising funds to help us continue to provide support to the sector.”
This collaboration with Frontier will begin on Monday May 8 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and will continue throughout the year.
Sharon Kennett, chair of Frontier’s The Responsible Choice steering group, said: “Our Responsible Choice group identified this as an area where we could make a difference. We recognised that Frontier could use its scale and position to make a positive impact on the farming community. We can help by fundraising and by raising awareness among our farm advisory colleagues and farmer customers of the support available.”
“Our Responsible Choice initiative is a long term project. We’re looking forward to working with Farming Help in the months and years to come.”