For the fifth consecutive year, the NFU held a prize draw at their annual conference dinner to raise funds for R.A.B.I. This year, they generated £10,550 – the most ever raised from this draw.
The two-day NFU Conference was held again at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham and welcomed more than 1,500 guests. R.A.B.I CEO Alicia Chivers, Chair Jeanette Dawson, Head of Operations Dan Whitbread, and Corporate Partnership Manager Suzy Deeley were in attendance.
During the conference, Wiltshire beef farmer Minette Batters was re-elected as NFU President. Stuart Roberts was elected as Deputy President and Tom Bradshaw as Vice President.
Joe Stanley, a Leicestershire farmer and son of trustee John Stanley, won the Meurig Raymond Award. The prize, named after the NFU’s former president who is also an ex-R.A.B.I trustee, was given in recognition of his advocacy of the British farming industry. Joe is a regular contributor in national newspapers and last summer he hosted BBC Breakfast for a week on his family farm Springbarrow Lodge.
Suzy Deeley said: “I’d like to thank the NFU, their members and supporters for their donations at the conference. This is an amazing sum which will go a long way to helping farming people in difficulty.”