Farmers daughter, Lisa Richardson, planned to run the Liverpool marathon in May to raise money for the charity, however due to Covid-19 the marathon has been postponed. Instead she has decided to climb her staircase the height of Everest (4424 times) with 10kg weight in a rucksack.
Helping out on her parents’ farm with mainly sheep, young cattle and hens as well as some rare breed poultry, Lisa also owns two businesses.
One is a community interest company that manages a community centre in Lancaster where she gets involved in working with members of the public, as well as taking care of the running of the centre with her sister Donna.
She is also a sports massage therapist, ironing out knots for people from all walks of life.
Lisa treats a large number of farmers for injuries, aches and pains they pick up during day to day life.
Particularly over the winter she listened to many of them speaking about how much hard work farming had become because of the storms and floods and how it had impacted their livelihoods.
Lisa says “Most of them were more worried about how it would affect their animals and whether they could produce enough food for the country.
“No sooner had they ‘weathered’ the storms, they then had the obstacles that Covid 19 threw at them.”
Due to coronavirus, Lisa found herself only working one day per week and spending the rest of her time helping on the farm. She saw first-hand, just how difficult it was to continue day to day when auctions are having massive restrictions on selling and getting hold of feed and medicines became a lot harder.
It was this realisation that drove her to do something to help those farmers who would need it the most.
Due the postponement of Liverpool marathon Lisa has decided to take the challenge on of climbing the height of Everest. This consists of walking 4424 times up her stairs at home with 10 kilograms of weight in a rucksack on her back to raise money for R.A.B.I (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).
Lisa is aiming to complete this within 5 days!
R.A.B.I is a grant making charity which helps farming people of all ages if they are in financial difficulty. Support is confidential and includes one-off or regular payments, funding for things like essential household items, disability equipment, relief farm staff, home help and care costs.
Lisa has seen first-hand how much this charity can help farmers when they need it, she says, “The relief on their faces knowing that they have somebody supporting them and believing in what they do. R.A.B.I work tirelessly to support those who are quite often overlooked and taken for granted.”