Last week, NFU East Anglia kindly hosted a ‘Back British Farming Breakfast’ in support of R.A.B.I, with Meurig Raymond, NFU President, as guest speaker.
36 specially-invited guests attended the networking business event at the NFU East Anglia offices in Newmarket, Suffolk.
The main conversation around the room focused on what was in store for the farming world in 2017, with all agreeing that it would be a challenging year with some uncertainty.
After enjoying a full English breakfast, Meurig Raymond spoke to guests about the importance of the farming industry, highlighting that the food and farming sector is worth £108 billion in the UK and employs 3.9 million people. He stated that farming often goes through changes and that it will continue to do so. This, he explained, is why the work of rural charities such as R.A.B.I, has never been more important.
Paul Burrows, R.A.B.I CEO, summarised the morning and shared that the charity had seen a 67% rise in requests for help from working families in 2016. He thanked everyone for attending and said he was pleased to see so many representatives from across the industry and industry partners in East Anglia. He talked about the wonderful residential home in Bury St Edmunds and also the hard work that goes into spreading the word of R.A.B.I.
The event coincided with R.A.B.I’s Farmhouse Breakfast campaign which asks supporters to join us for a fundraising full English to enable us to continue supporting farmers in financial need.
We would like to thank the NFU for hosting this great event and for helping to highlight the importance of farming help charities such as R.A.B.I.
Pictured above: Meurig Raymond, NFU President, with Paul Burrows, R.A.B.I CEO. Credit: NFU.