Festive Farmers Take Nativity to Market!

Farming charity R.A.B.I is staging a Christmas fundraiser at Thame Livestock Market on December 7 but tread carefully… or you might just end up taking to the floor yourself!

R.A.B.I’s Buckinghamshire committee and the Thame Farmers Auction Mart have joined forces to organise the event, which will feature plenty of Christmas carols under the musical lead of the Chinnor Silver Training Band. Rural chaplain Jenny Edmans will preside over many of the night’s activities and the ‘jolly’ nativity play in the main auction ring is sure to be spectacular, with ‘audience participation actively encouraged’.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity, giving out grants of around £2m each year. In 2017, R.A.B.I has given out over £18k in Oxfordshire and more than £11k in Buckinghamshire (figures to September 2017).

Jenni Green, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “It’s sure to be a fun-packed evening, with an auction, mulled wine and mince pies galore, lots of laughs and a great atmosphere. The nativity play is always a big highlight and the market ring provides a natural amphitheatre.
“The money we raise will help people from the farming sector in financial hardship. Sadly, there are plenty of people in our rural communities who, often through no fault of their own, will have precious little to celebrate this Christmas.”

Each year R.A.B.I  support around 1,500 farming families and, in addition to giving practical help, pay out around £2 million in grants. They offer suppor in confidence to people of all ages and help can include anything from one-off emergency payments as well as the provision of essential household items and disability equipment. For working farmers R.A.B.I can also fund relief farm staff to help in a crisis. For retired and/or disabled people they can pay towards care home and home-help costs. R.A.B.I run two residential homes of their own, Manson House in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Beaufort House, in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

All work is funded by voluntary donations, money raised at events arranged by county committees, businesses and community groups, our fundraising staff and investment income. To find out more visit www.rabi.org.uk or call R.A.B.I’s confidential helpline 0808 281 9490.