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Donation made to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Dyke Yaxley recently made a donation to the Royal Agriculturla Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.).  R.A.B.I. is a grant-making charity which provides confidential support to people in the farming community who are going throguh financial difficulties.

Founded in 1860, it helps working farmers and farm-workers on a short-term basis, for example following illness, accident, bereavement, family breakdown, or animal disease, and offers long-term help to elderly people and disabled people of all ages.

Support includes state benefits' advice and one-off or regular grants, including winter heating supplements and helping with utility bills and telephone charges.  It can also pay for things like disability equipment, essential household goods, and hospital travel costs.

Though R.A.B.I. does not pay business bills, it can pay for relief farm staff if, for example, someone is unable to work through illness or that of a close member of their family.

Most of its work is funded by public donations, money raised at events arranged by the charity's volunteer county committees, and support from businesses and community groups.  In 2015 nationally R.A.B.I. gave out nearly £2million in grants, and also helped people to claim over £390,000 in state benefits.

Christine Downes (Chairman of the Shropshire R.A.B.I. Committe) said: "The support of local businesses such as Dyke Yaxley is invaluable to R.A.B.I.  We are so pleased that they are able to make this donation and help to raise the profile of a cause that supports our rural community".

Becky Davies (R.A.B.I. Regional Manager for the West Midlands area) thanked Dyke Yaxley for their kind donation "In Shropshire, farmers and farming families of all ages received over £94,000 in grants, so donations such as this are always gratefully received".

Please visit www.rabi.org.uk or contact Becky Davies (07876 492839 rabi.west-midlands@rabi.org.uk) to find out about events and activities in your area.

R.A.B.I. can also be contacted via their confidential and free helpline number 08082 819490.

Below: Mark Griffiths handing over the cheque to Christine Downes and Becky Davies