12th & 13th June 2019  |  Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 

Cereals: The Arable Event

Making a difference in the farming community

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is a grant-making welfare charity that gives confidential help to farming people in financial difficulty. 

Launched in 1860, we work across England and Wales. Our HQ is in Oxford but we work at a local level, with a team of 14 regional welfare officers, as well as 10 regional managers who are responsible for fundraising and awareness.

R.A.B.I helps working farmers and farmworkers who have suffered accidents or ill-health or whose livelihoods are threatened by such things as bad weather or animal disease. Help is tailored to individual need.

We also provide long-term support to the elderly, sick and disabled. 

In 2017, £1.99 million was paid out in grants to around 1,260 individuals and families. Of this, £297k was paid to working farmers and we helped people claim £473k in state benefits.

We can help in a diverse range of ways, depending on circumstances. Examples include: covering the costs if you have a sick child in hospital, paying domestic utility bills, providing food vouchers and hampers, funding farm staff if you’re sick or injured, buying white goods and/or disability equipment, helping you claim state benefits, organising free business appraisals and arranging free debt advice.

If you or someone you know needs R.A.B.I’s help, call the confidential helpline 0808 281 9490. 

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Ken’s story

“I was a self-employed farmer, working alongside my elderly father. I hadn’t really been ill but through the weekend I didn’t feel well and it got worse and worse. I had spraying to do and carried on, but eventually, it ended with an ambulance coming and me waking up in hospital, having had a colostomy, wondering how we were ever going to manage.

“Coincidentally, my sister was at an agricultural show and it was pelting down. She took shelter in the R.A.B.I tent and began talking about my situation. A welfare officer from the charity came out to see me and I got a monthly allowance of £800 for 12 months – I can’t tell you how important that money was to us.

“Now, I’m in a position to give something back to R.A.B.I. Being off work for so long forced us to make some radical changes and we sorted ourselves out. R.A.B.I gave us that chance. The help we received allowed me, my wife and mum and dad to make adjustments.
   
“I’m in my 60s now and although I’ve still got the farm I’ve effectively retired. My dad is 92 and in a nursing home – but whenever I go and see him I ask him what he wants to do and he says ‘come home and go to work’.

“If my sister hadn’t gone to the show that day – and if it hadn’t been raining – I’m not sure what we would have done.”

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