RABI fundraising calendar for 2018 goes on sale

A photo of a Swaledale ewe amongst the heather on a Derbyshire hill farm, taken and donated by Ashbo

A photo of a Swaledale ewe amongst the heather on a Derbyshire hill farm, taken and donated by Ashbourne-based photographer and RABI supporter Ruth Downing, which features on the front of the RABI calendar. - Credit: RABI

Top agricultural photographers have donated images to farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) to help it raise funds for farming people in financial hardship.

From left, Chris Riddle (RABI vice president), Ruth Downing (photographer), Chris Roberts (NFU Mutua

From left, Chris Riddle (RABI vice president), Ruth Downing (photographer), Chris Roberts (NFU Mutual South West regional manager), Minette Batters (NFU deputy president) and Malcolm Thomas (RABI chairman) at the launch of the RABI 2017 calendar. - Credit: RABI

The images from 12 photographers feature in a 2018 Farming in Focus calendar, which will be sold at shows and fundraising events throughout the summer. It is supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

The cover image features a Swaledale ewe among the heather on a Derbyshire hill farm. It was taken by Ruth Downing, who said she spent three years waiting for the right moment.

RABI chairman Malcolm Thomas said: “There is a lot of hardship and many difficulties in our rural areas. Calls to the charity are running at the same level as 2016, despite the fact that we’ve not had the flooding problems we had last year in the north. That, to me, shows the work of RABI is growing.”