Steve’s ploughathon aids fellow farmers

Ivan Kireia, Steve Smith, Hugh Wykes, Milley Wastie and Glen Chambers
Ivan Kireia, Steve Smith, Hugh Wykes, Milley Wastie and Glen Chambers

A farmer has ploughed on with his charity work and raised more than £1,400 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.).

Steve Smith, together 
with friends Glen Chambers and Ivan Kireia completed 
a 24-hour ploughathon for 
the charity, which helped 
Steve during a period of ill health.

On Thursday, September 19, Steve presented the money to Milly Wastie and Hugh Wykes from R.A.B.I. at The Nags Head in Middle Rasen.

Steve was able to access financial, as well as practical assistance to improve his quality of life with R.A.B.I., 
a confidential charity supporting farmers, farm workers and their families who are in need.

Before his illness he was used to working 16 hours days, but now can only work 16 hours a week.

He said: “It means an a
wful lot to me to be able to present this cheque and it means a lot to the people R.A.B.I. help.

Milly Watie, Regional Manager of R.A.B.I said: “The money will go towards supporting fellow farmers in Lincolnshire when they are in need.

“This year we are supporting 60 farmers in the county, giving around £58,00 in aid.

“This year, with the bad weather, we have seen a huge increased in calls to our helpline.

If you are a farmer who requires help contact the R.A.B.I helpline on 0300 303 7373 or visit