Olive and her husband John were tenant arable farmers, who worked side by side for more than 30 years to make a living for themselves from just 70 acres of land.
John’s death in 2004 left Olive with nothing to fall back on and little to show for a life in farming. The couple had no savings so when things like the TV and washing machine packed up, Olive couldn’t replace them.
R.A.B.I paid for a new TV and washing machine and made Olive a full beneficiary, which meant she was entitled to a regular quarterly allowance – as well as telephone line rental payments and winter and Christmas bonuses.
Today, Olive is in her 80s. Her health has deteriorated and she is unable to walk, but her outlook remains positive. For the past 14 years, Olive has continued to receive regular living allowances from R.A.B.I and the charity has also paid for a fridge and tumble dryer. R.A.B.I contributes towards other home help costs too and recently provided Olive with a riser recliner chair.
When he was alive John raised funds for R.A.B.I. Why? Because he knew the day might come when he, or his wife, would find themselves on their own and need some assistance.