A local farmer has taken part in a sponsored ploughathon to say thank you to a charity which has helped him and his family.
Steve Smith vowed to support farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) following support received during a period of ill health.
Together with friend Glen Chambers, he set about the challenge of continuous ploughing for 24 hours, with the help of local landowner Charles Jackson, who also provided a Massey Ferguson tractor and plough for the event.
“I wanted to give something back to those who helped me,” said Steve
“When illness comes just like that, life can be very lonely - even with family around you.
“It was good to have someone to talk to outside the family.”
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 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,” added Steve.
“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 lives and I want to do something to give back to the charity and support other farming families in need.”
Milly Wastie, R.A.B.I. Regional Manager said: “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.”
Market Rasen businesses Rase Steel, Equip and Smudged all supported the challenge.
And there is still time to sponsor Steve; log on to www.justgiving.com/24hrplough