Christine Scoops Farming Fundraising Award
Christine Bish has been awarded the East regional award, in recognition of her fantastic support of farming charity R.A.B.I. She collected her prize 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 award goes to the ‘person or people who, in the opinion of the awards panel, deserve special recognition’ for supporting R.A.B.I.
Christine is currently chair of R.A.B.I’s Cambridgeshire committee and has been involved with the charity for more than 15 years. She and her husband Stuart, who originally joined the Cambridgeshire committee when he was an NFU Group Secretary, are both stalwart supporters in their region.
Joshua Hosier, R.A.B.I deputy chairman, said: “Christine is incredibly organised and ensures all events are run to perfection, with finances sorted and tasks delegated to suit everyone’s strengths. She has organised everything from auction preview nights and barn dances, to dog walks, lambing days and ‘wine and roses’ evenings.”
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. In 2018, R.A.B.I gave out grants of more than £2.2m including over £27,000 in Cambridgeshire.