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Farming charity project wins prestigious award

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s (RABI) Big Farming Survey, which helped put a spotlight on the state of farmers’ mental health, has won the prestigious Charity Times Change Project of the Year Award 2022.

The survey was the largest farmer well-being survey if its kind to be launched in the UK.

Celebrating excellence and best-practice across the not-for-profit sector, the panel of independent experts were impressed by the impact shown by the charity’s survey.

The survey launched in January 2021, and its results showed that more than 36 per cent of the farming community in England and Wales were ‘probably or possibly depressed’, with more than half of women in the sector said they experienced mild, moderate or severe anxiety.

Alicia Chivers, RABI chief executive, welcomed the recognition of the importance of the charity’s support provided to the farming community at a national level. With the challenges currently facing farmers, she said the wider acknowledgement of these challenges and impacts on farming people was ‘fundamentally important’.

‘It is a phenomenal achievement to represent the farming sector in the esteemed company of the other shortlisted charities,’ said Chivers.

‘RABI was particularly honoured to receive these awards in remembrance of our Patron, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who contributed so much to promoting and supporting the agricultural community.

“The Big Farming Survey and the ongoing outcomes from RABI’s work were recognised by the Charity Times award panel as beginning fundamental change that will resonate for a considerable time to come.

‘Winning this award helps RABI to showcase the value of our community and give farming people the voice they deserve,” she said.