It was an honour for Suzy Deeley, head of partnerships, to appear on the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme Countryfile in December.
Suzy was interviewed on the primetime show – which typically attracts 6 million viewers – by Adam Henson, who led the feature on the impacts of being forced to take a break from farming due to physical injury. This followed Adam’s recent hip surgery, which put him out of action while he convalesced.
Adam discussed how lucky he’s been to be able to take the time needed to recover properly from his operation. However, he highlighted the worrying statistic that 52% of farmers carry on working despite being in chronic pain or discomfort, identified from RABI’s Big Farming Survey.
The segment also featured Andrew and Emma Oliver, a couple who farm in Wales and who received support from RABI when Andrew was unable to work due to an accident on the farm.
In her interview, Suzy highlighted that in recent years up to 20% of the financial grants that RABI has given to working farming people have helped to pay for relief farm staff.
“This ensures that when farmers are physically unable to work themselves due to injury or an accident, they can employ adequate support to continue the running of the farm.
“Having this support to keep the farm going is critical and allows the farmer the time they need to properly recover,” Suzy explained. RABI can also support in a raft of other ways.
If you have been impacted by any of the issues covered in the programme, please call our freephone helpline on 0800 188 4444 for 24/7 confidential support and advice.
RABI understands that poor physical health can also have a negative impact on mental health. If you’d like to discuss support or speak to an expert for free, confidential advice from a counselling professional, use Click & Chat on any device: https://explore.kooth.com/rabi/ .
If you would like to watch the full segment on Countryfile, visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001fqgg/countryfile-inclusive-farming.