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