NFU Cymru has been awarded the Dennis Brown Shield, in recognition of its fantastic support of farming charity R.A.B.I.
Director of NFU Cymru John Mercer and colleagues Kevin Owen and Sarah Thomas collected the shield from NFU vice-president Stuart Roberts in front of more than 230 guests at R.A.B.I’s AGM/annual conference in Oxfordshire this week.
The Dennis Brown Shield is presented to the organisation that ‘makes the greatest contribution to R.A.B.I by raising the most money and / or awareness’.
In September 2018, a core team of 29 people raised almost £23,000 for R.A.B.I by completing an arduous ‘hike and bike’ challenge across Wales.
After an early morning assault of Wales’s highest mountain, Snowdon, the group headed off to Dolgellau by bike to climb more than 890m to the top of Cadair Idris.
After a night’s rest the party cycled some 87-miles cycle to the Brecon Beacons for another tough uphill struggle.
They ended with a hike up Pen-y-Fan, followed by a celebratory barbecue at the farm of NFU Cymru county adviser Stella Owen.
Joshua Hosier, R.A.B.I deputy chairman, said: “There are challenges and then there are challenges. When John Mercer told us he was going to get together a team to do this for us we were thrilled. We never anticipated just how big the challenge would be though.
"It’s difficult to convey the enormity of the challenge itself, even more so the phenomenal amount of time and hard work that went into organising things. John, Kevin and Sarah did an incredible job of pulling things together, raising funds and finding participants and sponsors.”
The charity conference brought together staff, volunteers, committee members and corporate supporters from all over England and Wales.
Stuart Roberts, guest speaker, paid tribute to R.A.B.I by saying: “Farming is not like any other sector, we’re actually part of a community and R.A.B.I is the bedrock of that.”
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest charity, providing financial support, advice and practical help to farming people of all ages.