Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution supports industry
Published:  08 February, 2016

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has given out grants of over £1.87 million to those in the farming industry who have suffered financial hardship during 2015. 

A total of 1,340 individuals and families received financial support from RABI last year, with the charity helping farming people to claim more than £390k in state benefits and tax credits.

RABI also paid out the following in 2015:
• £156k to working farmers, to help them cope with illness, flooding and animal disease
• £221,885 towards clearing domestic bills
• £122,039 for disability equipment and adaptations
• £48,366 for home repairs and improvements
• £263,204 to 200 individuals and families in Wales.

Paul Burrows, RABI CEO, said: “For working farmers suffering financial hardship due to an unforeseen crisis, we can provide grants towards relief staff.

For retired and/or disabled people we provide regular and one-off grants for living costs. We can help with home-help costs and provide specialist equipment and white goods.

“Our work is funded by donations, investments and legacies. We receive tremendous support from the farming community and fundraising events are held throughout England and Wales by our county committees of volunteers. Our message is simple: if you or someone you know works or has worked in farming and is in need of help, call our Freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490.”