NFU Coningsby Ledger Raises Money For R.A.B.I

With thanks to the NFU Coningsby branch who have donated £315 as a result of a Feed Wheat Ledger. Competitors paid £5 to predict the price of UK feed wheat in the week prior to the branch’s annual meeting in November. The winner will also receive £315.

Calling all Lincolnshire Co-op Members!

If you’re a Lincolnshire Co-op member and have a dividend card you can now help R.A.B.I. fundraise! Simply visit and select ‘choose my own Community champion’ option. If you follow the steps online and select R.A.B.I. to receive your portion of the Community champions fund then every time you shop we’ll receive a donation!

Once you’ve chosen R.A.B.I., we’ll receive a donation whenever you shop with Co-op using your dividend card. Donations will continue until you choose to support a different charity or group.

Auction Mart Static Cycle

Alastair Sneddon, Angela Sargent and Kate Wainwright

Fundraising events are often never without a ‘hitch’, as one committee found out during plans for Great British Beef Week. A planned 300 mile bike ride around the region’s eight auction marts to raise money for R.A.B.I came to an abrupt halt when lead cyclist Alastair Sneddon suffered a fractured metatarsal at work.

Not to be deterred, the feisty members of R.A.B.I Derbyshire committee, led by chairwoman Angela Sargent, set themselves up with static bikes at Bakewell market and collected £100 worth of bucket collections during their four hour stint!

R.A.B.I Regional Manager for the East Midlands, Milly Wastie said: “The committee has managed to turn a misfortunate event into a positive fundraising initiative – it was a great R.A.B.I team effort to achieve over 100 miles on the static bikes. By the end, they all had nicknames and I’d like to thank 'Hot Pants' Angela, 'Speed Queen' Sarah Helliwell, 'Lycra Action Man' Andrew, 'I will give it a go' Graham, 'Hot Legs' Kate, 'Super Star' Alastair, 'My legs are too short' Maggie! Plus Farmers and friends who put in some pedal power!”

As well as £100 donations on the day, the NFU pledged £500 in support at the NFU conference.

Angela Sargent and Andrew Critchlow

North Holland Young Farmers’ Donation

North Holland YFC Chairman Andy Smith, R.A.B.I Regional Manager Milly Wastie and club member Sophie Potter

North Holland Young Farmers’ Club recently held an evening in support of R.A.B.I, and our Regional Manager for the East Midlands Milly Wastie attended to chat about the work of the charity and ways to support. The club presented Milly with a cheque for £30 – thank you North Holland YFC!

Continued Support From NFU Horncastle and Coningsby

With thanks to Horncastle NFU and Coningsby NFU for their continued support, £1,150 and £1,000 was raised, respectively at the annual balls.

Beefy Rory’s 100mph Leap For Charity

Rory Whittaker only branched out on his own four years ago, but already he’s determined to give something back to the Lincolnshire farming community that helped him set up.

Beef farmer Rory, 27, who runs a 70-acre site in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, will throw himself off the top of a Welsh quarry for a 100mph zip wire ride of a lifetime, to raise money for R.A.B.I in May.

Rory is making his daring leap of faith from the longest zip line in Europe, Velocity, in Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda near Bangor. He said: “I’m not sure I’m brave, I just agree to stuff easily! The Lincolnshire farming community has seen how hard I have been trying and has given me lots of help and advice, for which I am extremely grateful. I just want to give something back. I have seen instances of how farming families cannot cope with problems within the industry.”

Milly Wastie, R.A.B.I Regional Manager for the East Midlands, hopes Rory’s efforts will inspire more people to get involved with raising money for struggling farmers in Lincolnshire as the demand for help currently outstrips supply. In 2014, R.A.B.I fundraisers in the district brought in around £23k, but the charity paid out £64k to individuals and families in the same area.

Milly said: “There is a perception that Lincolnshire farmers don’t need our support, which isn’t the case. Fundraising is really hard work and I know Rory wants other Lincolnshire farmers to get on the bandwagon too.”

Rory has set up a Just Giving page here

Sweepstake Sweet Donation!

120 – the amount in pound sterling of this year’s feed wheat as published in Farmers Weekly on 21 November – and the answer that contestants tried to match in the NFU Horncastle and Coningsby branch sweepstake. The competition, which was held in aid of R.A.B.I. was the second annual competition run by the branch.

Although the 2014 wheat harvest is expected to be around 16 million tonnes, the fluctuating wheat price, increase in input costs and severe weather have made it a difficult year for many. R.A.B.I. distributed approximately £70,000 to farming people in Lincolnshire in 2013, many of whom were struggling financially and of working age.

R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie said: “It’s wonderful to receive continued support from the NFU branch and farming community within Lincolnshire. All funds raised really will make a difference to Lincolnshire farming families with the provision of items such as household goods, mobility equipment, emergency grants and food vouchers. There is an annual shortfall of around £40,000 in Lincolnshire and it is hoped that this competition will increase awareness and fundraising within the region.”

The outcome of the sweepstake was announced at the branch’s recent annual meeting with Douglas Laird declared winner by guessing £123 per tonne, with the actual price standing at £120 per tonne. Mr Laird, a local farmer was presented with the Ray Curtis memorial trophy and a cheque for £150 with R.A.B.I. also collecting a donation for £150. NFU Horncastle and Coningsby had also donated £2,250 from their annual dinner dance in 2013.
If you would like to find out more about getting involved in fundraising with R.A.B.I. in Lincolnshire, contact Milly Wastie on: 07525 323450.

Lucky Strike at Cereals

Roger Chase, Agriculture Manager of Spaldings with the R.A.B.I. lucky dip draw

With thanks to Spaldings of Lincoln who once again offered generous support at the Cereals event. All customers placing an order during the show were entered into a free prize draw where they could pick a football in the World Cup lucky-dip and a donation was given to R.A.B.I. A fantastic £400 was raised!

Lincolnshire Clay Shoot

(Courtesy of James Milnes) Left-right: R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie, Lincolnshire R.A.B.I. chairman Hugh Wykes, Steve Smith and NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

With thanks to Lincolnshire's Steve Smith who chose R.A.B.I to benefit from a clay shoot organised to give back to the very charities that had helped him. Steve waived his anonymity to promote the charity shoot and helped raise a huge £1100 for R.A.B.I. and the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust.

The shoot was held at Nettleton Lodge near Caistor and attracted supporters from across the county to take part in the 35-bird competition. Steve said: "I would like to thank everyone who came along on the day and helped to raise money for important causes close to my heart." Steve hopes to continue the good work with plans for a clay shoot in 2015.

Steve presented regional manager Milly Wastie a cheque for £550 at the Lincolnshire Show

Farmers weigh-in for Spaldings

Lincolnshire-based Spaldings held a farmers’ weigh-in at the LAMMA machinery show in Peterborough in January which raised £500 for R.A.B.I..
Visitors were asked to step on the scales and the firm donated £10 for every one of the 50 tonnes of total weight recorded.

Photo: Spaldings’ staff Roger Goodwin, Jason Smith and Eddie Edwards start the weigh-in at LAMMA.

£10 per Tonne at LAMMA

23 January 2014

A farmers’ weigh-in at the LAMMA machinery show in Peterborough in February raised £500 for R.A.B.I..

Organised by Lincolnshire-based Spaldings, visitors to their stand were asked to step on the scales and the firm promised to donate £10 for every tonne recorded.

The grand total was around 50 tonnes and so a cheque for £500 is now on its way to R.A.B.I..

Some of Spaldings staff adding to the weight

Pictured here starting the weight-in clock are employees Jason, Eddie and Roger.


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