Cyclists Beef-Up in Preparation for Great British Beef Week

A team of cyclists will embark on a gruelling 300 mile cycle ride to mark to start of Great British Beef Week in April.

The cyclists aim to celebrate and draw attention to the UK beef industry, which has lost over 100,000 beef breeding cows over the last three years (a decline of nearly 7%, and accelerating), while raising funds for R.A.B.I..

The ride begins in Bakewell on 21 April, and the team of five will visit eight auction marts throughout the East Midlands over three days. The ride also kicks off a series of R.A.B.I. fundraising events in celebration of British Beef, with Great British Beef Week officially starting on 23 April.

Great British Beef Week is organised by Ladies in Beef, an organisation of female beef farmers who care passionately about British beef, to help promote and drive awareness of the quality and versatility of British beef. For the third year running, R.A.B.I. are thrilled to be Ladies in Beef’s chosen charity for the campaign.
Alastair Sneddon, one of the R.A.B.I. committee members to take up the 300 mile challenge said: “The idea of a bike ride always appeals and the opportunity to support R.A.B.I. and promote Great British Beef Week is a particularly great reason to hop on the bike.”

He added: “However, I can confirm that the ordeal will be extremely tough, somewhat in contrast to British beef, although having sat on a saddle for three hundred miles my posterior will probably be just as tender!”

To boost their fundraising efforts, the riders are looking for sponsors for each of the eight legs of the ride (£150 each). The cyclists will visit auction marts in Bakewell, Newark, Louth, Spalding, Thrapston, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Derby, before returning to Bakewell at around 4pm on Thursday 23 April.

R.A.B.I. is also asking Great British beef fans to join in and show their support by taking to social media and tweeting beef-related images and comment throughout the week. You can send your snaps of beef dinners or a pic of your favourite beast to @rabicharity using the hashtag #BeefItUp. You can also donate to R.A.B.I. by sending a text with RABI18 followed by the £ sign and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (eg RABI18£5).

R.A.B.I. Development Manager Suzy Deeley said: “The beef industry’s image has suffered over the last couple of decades and working with Ladies in Beef we want people to recognise the vital role livestock production plays in putting our food on the table. We’re looking forward to a lot of fun over the week!”

Great British Beef Week runs from 23 April – 3 May and getting involved is easy – so #BeefItUp and email or call 01865 724931 for a fundraising pack.

Derbyshire Hunt

Derbyshire R.A.B.I. Chairman Angela Sargent (pictured above) collected a cheque donation from the Meynell hunt, Derbyshire for £500 on New Year’s Day – thank you to the members and supporters!

Joules Clothing Sale for R.A.B.I.

Derbyshire R.A.B.I. hosted another Joules clothing sale at Sparrowpitt village hall nearr Buxton to help raise funds and encourage supporters from the north of the county. Bargain hunters came from miles around and door proceeds helped to raise £390 for R.A.B.I..

Bakewell YFC made the event their club programme evening and presented Derbyshire committee with £300 following their successful Summer hoedown.

Another Joules seconds sale will take place on Wednesday 19th August 2015 in Derbyshire, venue TBC.

Scones-a-Plenty at Casterne Hall

Derbyshire committee’s Kate Wainwright, Angela Sargent, Margaret Baile, Jean Dilks and Sarah Booth before the cakes disappeared!

R.A.B.I. Derbyshire committee gave Mary Berry a run for her money at their cream tea event at Casterne Hall near Ashborne on 21 September where a wonderful spread of homemade cakes and scones wowed guests.

By kind permission of Charles and Caroline Hurt, guests had the opportunity to explore the house and gardens made famous by appearances in films such as Jane Eyre and Far from the Madding Crowd.

Derbyshire chairman Angela Sargent said: “We’re very thankful to everyone who came along and supported our cream tea and also to our wonderful hosts and sponsors for making the event happen.” The cream tea was sponsored by Prescient Power and the sale of Christmas cards and tombola tickets raised £750 for R.A.B.I.

The committee’s next event is a Joules seconds clothing sale on Tuesday 14th October at Sparrowpitt village hall near Buxton.

Turnditch and Windley Show

R.A.B.I. Derbyshire secretary Margaret Baile with committee member Jean Dilks and the stand’s festive additions.

R.A.B.I. Derbyshire committee would like to thank the Turnditch and Windley Show Society for the free pitch that enabled them to raise £170 through Christmas sales. The show society has always been supportive of the charity and generously donated £500 to R.A.B.I. earlier in the year.

NFU Melbourne hit the road for R.A.B.I.

The group on Blanch Croft, an old street in Melbourne with Phil Heath (Left, back to camera in white long sleeved shirt) and members of NFU Melbourne.

Members of the NFU Melbourne branch have had a busy June raising money for R.A.B.I..

First, the branch hit the road on 22 June for the NFU Roadshow at the Derbyshire County Show. Graham Partington and other members organised the sale of fresh local produce and bedding plants in return for donations to R.A.B.I. over £150 was raised on the day.

The branch were back on the road again with an historic walking tour of Melbourne, organised by member Frank Heath of Heath’s Farm Shop in Melbourne which attracted 20 guests. Frank’s son and local conservation officer Phil Heath took visitors around the village and castle ruins explaining the colourful history of the village. Melbourne was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as ‘Mileburne’ meaning ‘mill stream’. Phil was also able to recount the rich farm and industrial history of the area as guests returned to the Heath household for refreshments supplied by his wife Penny. £210 was raised on the day and we’re very grateful for their fundraising efforts!

South Derbyshire MP’s steak in Great British Beef Week

Angela Sargent, member of Ladies in Beef and R.A.B.I Derbyshire chairman, presented Heather Wheeler MP with a homemade steak pie in celebration of Great British Beef Week. The South Derbyshire MP was in the area to mark the start of celebrations and also to meet with local farmers to discuss their issues and concerns for the year ahead.  Distribution of R.A.B.I charitable grants to the region’s farmers and families reached £48,000 in 2013, an increase of 53% from 2012 and was partly the result of a harsh spring and snow.

(L-R) Milly Wastie (R.A.B.I. Regional Manager for East Midlands), Angela Sargent (R.A.B.I. Derbyshire Chairman), Heather Wheeler MP, and John Hall (NFU Derbyshire county chairman).

R.A.B.I. is “obvious choice” for store’s commitment

One of the Mole Country Stores, part of the Mole Valley Farmers group who have trading outlets throughout the UK, has chosen R.A.B.I. as their charity of the year.  The Fauld store, which is situated on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border, welcomed Angela Sargent, R.A.B.I. Derbyshire Chairman, to an open day on April 19 where they discussed their ideas for fundraising.  Store manager, Ruth Dolman, stated: ‘We chose to support R.A.B.I. following a presentation to Netherseal YFC at a dinner dance I attended last year and realised that as a farming business we should be doing more to support a farming charity. R.A.B.I. was the obvious choice and we look forward to doing all we can to raise awareness and funds”.

Rob Massey (Agri manager) and Ruth Dolman (Store manager) with the team at Fauld.

Surveyors raise funds for flood-hit farmers
Thank you to the Midlands branch of surveyors RECAP Ltd, which donated £2,000 to R.A.B.I. to help support farmers in the South and South West who have been affected by flooding.

Pictured is Nick Hansen, chairman, who also runs the Ashbourne branch of Bagshaws, presenting a cheque to R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie at a meeting in March.




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