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Series of events being planned to support farming charity

PUBLISHED: 15:40 05 April 2017

A series of fund-raising events to help a farming charity will be held in Norfolk in the coming weeks.

Norfolk raised £24,258 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), but the charity spent almost £100,000 on supporting 75 beneficiaries in the county.

Over the past 10 years, Norfolk’s fund-raising committee has raised more than £300,000 but the charity spends significantly more on helping people from across the farming industry in the county.

The Norfolk committee will welcome RABI’s chairman, Malcolm Thomas, and chief executive Paul Borrows, to Sir John White’s Salle estate, near Reepham, next month.

Yorkshire farmer Mr Thomas will meet fund-raisers and supporters from across the region during his two-day visit, which includes competing in a fun quiz on April 19 at East Tuddenham Village Hall.

Sally Mitchell, county RABI secretary, said that a highlight would be holding the annual cocktail party at the Norfolk showground on Monday, June 19. “This will be the 30th event that I’ve helped to organise,” she added.

Tickets will cost £20 and can be obtained through NFU group secretaries and committee members.

Since the event was first held in 1985, it has raised more than £153,000.

A new format for the charity golf day on May 15 at Bawburgh had already attracted sponsorship of almost £2,000 for prizes.

Entry costs £180 for teams of four, which includes a dinner and prize-giving, with start times from 12.30pm. Organiser John Purling said he would welcome more entries for the golf day.

And 20 teams of six from across Norfolk would be competing for farming’s quiz title of the year on April 19. Tickets cost £10 each, which includes a light supper.

A special breakfast to mark RABI’s “Welly Week” will be held at the Norfolk Showground on October 19. Details are available from sallymitchell@afiweb.net

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