Vets have used peddle power to raise more than £20,000 for
the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Riders from XLVets, a group of 30 farm animal veterinary practices
across the country, have been riding between practices from all
corners of England, as well as Wales and Scotland.
In the past a number of the practices aimed to undertake a sponsored
event at least annually, raising money for ‘small animal’ charities.
This relay is the first time that they have all linked up and supported
a different charitable sector.
Alnwick vet John Macfarlane, the XLVets’ director who was
responsible for organising the ride nationally, said: “As
we are very much farm-based practices, we decided it was time to
look at supporting a farming charity, and RABI was the obvious
choice. We understand only too well the financial pressures facing
farmers and those who are servicing farms.”
The vets completed a marathon sponsored cycle relay at the Royal
Show before handing over the cheque for £20,000 to RABI president
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is the national
charity for those involved in farming in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland. Established by farmers in 1860, it assists all those
in need in the farming community.
While the main focus of RABI’s work has always been the
retired and disabled it also provides assistance to working farming
families facing severe financial hardship as a result of death,
disease or disaster. During 2005, RABI assisted 1,583 individuals
and families paying out grants totalling £1.588 million.
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