Park tour gives farming charity £8k boost

Atour of Derby’s Locko park estate organised by farming charity R.A.B.I has raised £8,375 for farmers facing hardship.

Mick Marshall, head gardener of Locko Park, led guests on the tour of the estate and midway through proceedings soprano Alicia Hill gave a performance in the chapel.

At the end of the evening, Geoff Brown, chairman of Ockbrook Training, presented a cheque to Bill Dilks, chairman of R.A.B.I’s Derbyshire committee.

Mary Martin, R.A.B.I regional manager for the East Midlands, said:

“This money will make a real difference to the lives of many people within the farming sector. As a charity, R.A.B.I is fortunate to have wonderful supporters, including many from the farming world, who understand it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality. Extreme weather, illness, accidents, animal disease, family breakdown, bereavement and cash flow problems are just some of the reasons why people approach us for help. We’re farming’s oldest and largest charity and I’d urge anyone in financial difficulties to call our Freephone Helpline 0808 281 9490 to find out what we can do for you.”

The Ockbrook Training Group, which previously ran arable and vegetable classes, also generously donated a sum of £4,427 to the charity.

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