Farmer organises fundraising shoot

Steve Smith and Glen Chambers ploughed up the cash for R.A.B.I. with their 24-hour ploughathon EMN-140425-160112001
Steve Smith and Glen Chambers ploughed up the cash for R.A.B.I. with their 24-hour ploughathon EMN-140425-160112001
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Farmer Steve Smith has once again vowed to support the farming charity that came to his aid during a period of ill health by organising a fundraising clay shoot.

Last year Steve took part in a 24 hour plough-a-thon challenge raising nearly £2,000 for The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) and this time he hopes to raise just as much, if not more for both R.A.B.I. and the Gamekeepers welfare trust (GWT) who have both supported him in the past.

Following a period of ill health, Steve became aware of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) and Gamekeepers Welfare Trust and was able to access financial and practical assistance to improve his quality of life.

He said: “Before my illness I was used to working 16 hours days, with my health as it is now, I’m lucky if I can work 16 hours a week.

“The R.A.B.I. have been fantastic in helping both me and my brother who have worked hard on the land for most of our life. I wanted to do something to give back to the charities and support other families in need.”

The charity clay shoot, sponsored by LMR Lincolnshire Machinery Ring, will take place on Saturday May 10 at Nettleton Lodge Shooting Ground, Moortown Road, Nettleton, starting at 10.30am with last entries at 3pm. Light refreshments are available and a raffle will also take place to boost funds. Entries on the day cost £15 per gun for a 35 bird shoot plus prizes will be awarded for top gun and top female gun.

Milly Wastie, R.A.B.I. Regional Manager added: “R.A.B.I. is a confidential charity that supports farmers, farm workers and their families who are in need’.

“We are grateful to Steve for waiving his anonymity so that we are able to share his story and promote all the great work he is doing for us and GWT.

“What is very surprising is that the Lincolnshire farming community don’t seem to recognise that there are local farmers in need. “In 2013 for example R.A.B.I. distributed over £70,000 in grants (a 28% increase from 2012) to 53 families in the county however there is a huge deficit with fundraising with £18,700 raised in the same year.

“I hope that more people are inspired by Steve’s story and will get involved to support him and many others who face a hardship.”