Dorset County Show raises £8,960 for farming charities


The Dorset County Show Annual Tractor Run helped to raise nearly £9000 for two local farming charities.

The Dorset County Show has successfully raised £8,960 to support two local farming charities, with both the Dorset Farming Community Network (FCN) and the Dorset branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) receiving £4,480 each. The funds were collected through two events: an annual tractor run and a special charity night at the show.
Show Chair Nicki Ralph presented the cheque to Rebecca Hill and Steve Cove, who were thrilled with the outcome. Rebecca, representing Dorset FCN, expressed immense gratitude to the Dorset County Show and explained that the funds would be used to assist farmers and their families throughout the region. FCN is a vital charity that provides one-on-one support for farmers and their families during times of crisis, addressing issues such as suicide threats, depression, illness, family disputes, and financial struggles.
Rebecca emphasised the crucial role played by the Dorset County Show in funding FCN’s efforts, stating that their work would be much more challenging without such generosity.

Mental health support
Steve Cove, who represented the Dorset branch of RABI, remarked that the substantial sum raised would greatly assist farming families in need. Founded in 1860, RABI offers guidance, financial support, and practical care to farming individuals across generations. Steve cited an increased need for mental health support identified through RABI’s ‘Big Farm Survey’ and highlighted RABI’s efforts to provide training and a confidential helpline to farmers and other businesses.
Dorset County Show is scheduled for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September and anticipates drawing 60,000 visitors with a variety of new and exciting attractions for 2023. The event’s chosen charity for 2023 will be announced soon.

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