Trustee John Stanley invited 50 people to his farm in Leicestershire for a harvest festival, which raised £283.
John and his wife Pat, who also served as a trustee for eight years, run Blackbrook Longhorns, an award winning farm that specialises in rearing English longhorn cattle. Their current herd was established in 1989. John and Pat also have a keen interest in art and they combined this with their passion for farming to establish the Blackbrook Gallery – a collection of 19th century animal paintings.
Rev. Peter Hooper led the service, aided by local vicar Rev. Lydia Humphreys. Guests tucked into homemade cakes with tea in the barn, sitting next to two penned longhorn cows. After eating, supporters were taken on a tractor tour of the farm.
Mary Maud, regional manager for the East Midlands, said: “It was a delight to visit John and Pat at their farm. The event helped us spread the word about R.A.B.I to new people.”
Pictured above are (L-R) Rev. Peter Hooper, Leicestershire committee chair Veronica Sutton, and John Stanley.