SRUC joins list of supporters of rural charity RSABI

Published Wednesday, 14th June 2017 in About SRUC news

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SRUC has become a corporate supporter of RSABI, the Scottish charity providing practical support and financial assistance to individuals and families across agriculture and the land-based industries.

SRUC joins a significant list of organisations and businesses affiliating themselves with the charity now spending over £500,000 a year through annual grants and one off payments.

SRUC Principal and Chief Executive Professor Wayne Powell said: “RSABI was launched in Victorian times during an agricultural depression. Thankfully those days are passed but pressures on farming or crofting families and businesses continue. The support and understanding that RSABI and its staff offer, not least through the confidential Helpline, can prove an invaluable lifeline. SRUC is proud to be a Corporate Supporter.”

The RSABI Helpline (0300 111 4166) operates from 7am to 11pm every day of the year and is open to those from across the agricultural sector. In the past year the charity offered direct assistance to some 850 individuals or families. It relies on donations and support from single donors, members, businesses, organisations and trusts across the country.

Speaking on behalf of RSABI, Paul Tinson said: “With over 35 key organisations and businesses now providing regular financial support as corporate members, and several hundred individual and businesses also signed at other levels, SRUC join the RSABI Supporter Scheme at a crucial time for the wider agricultural industry in Scotland. We are enormously grateful to SRUC for this commitment, coming as it does alongside other valuable contributions such as the College’s participation in last year’s RSABI Great Glen Challenge event.”

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