Welly Week is back! Our muddiest campaign returns this year from Saturday October 26 to Sunday November 3.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of us and what we do – as well as funds to support our work in rural communities.
This year, we’ve teamed up with The Warm Welly Company to run a daily giveaway competition. From Monday to Friday of Welly Week, you’ll have the chance to win a pair of boots! North West regional manager Georgina Lamb is pictured right modelling a pair of wellies from The Warm Welly Company. Keep an eye on our social media for competition details.
Whether you’re in the office or squelching through the mud on the farm, we want you to help spread the word. Take some stylish photos of you in your wellies and share them on social media using #wellyweek2019. Don’t forget to tag us using @rabicharity on Twitter and Instagram and @rabicharity1 on Facebook.
You can also help us raise funds for the farming community by organising a welly themed event. Host a welly-wanging competition, get creative with a scary welly Halloween party, or go for a welly walk. Get in touch with our fundraising team for more ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reacting to what the elements throw at you is all part of a farmer’s life, but extreme weather creates extreme challenges.
In July, the Yorkshire Dales were hit with flash floods and storms that caused devastation to farms. Many farmers were left picking up the pieces of their damaged property and faced the loss of livestock.
Regional manager Sally Conner and welfare officer John Basnett attended an event at the Leyburn Auction Market to let affected farmers know that help is available. Following this, we’ve been able to give £25k in grants to ten farmers and their families to cover the cost of domestic bills while they get back on their feet.
“We often find there’s a time lag between someone suffering hardship and contacting us,” said Malcolm Thomas, chairman. “We expect to receive more calls to our helpline as a result of the bad weather during the coming months.
“Storms may disappear as quickly as they arrive but the devastating impact on those farming families affected can be long-lasting.”
Together, let’s give it some welly for farmers this autumn.