Fizz and berries charity treat

National farmers charity RABI strawberries and fizz evening at Dove Cottage Nursery, Shibden.'Organisers, from the left, county secretary Diane Chislett, regional manager Georgina Lamb and county chairman Philippa Coultish.
National farmers charity RABI strawberries and fizz evening at Dove Cottage Nursery, Shibden.'Organisers, from the left, county secretary Diane Chislett, regional manager Georgina Lamb and county chairman Philippa Coultish.
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On a perfect summer’s night aphrodisiacs and fizz were enjoyed by guests of the biannual Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution fundraiser.

Dove Cottage Nursery at Shibden opened its gates to 80 guests who sipped prosecco and devoured strawberries in a RABI charity event to raise funds for farmers facing hardship.

RABI regional manager Georgina Lamb said: “The evening was a great success and the weather was perfect. Everything went down a treat. People came from far and wide to support the charity.”

The evening raised £650 through ticket sales at £7.50 as well as a cake stand and the selling of plants.

“Farmers are often too proud to say when they are struggling.”

Miss Lamb said that the terrible harvests and bad weather, last year meant that RABI has provided grants of £35,000 to West Yorkshire farmers and their families.

RABI is a charity that provides care and support for farmers, farm workers, managers and their dependents, and retired agricultural workers. They offer grants to support with living costs and can offer welfare expertise see rabi.org.uk