Bale art offers a boost for agricultural mental health initiative
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It may not even be Halloween yet, but early signs of winter have appeared with the arrival of some festive bale art to celebrate the start of the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) Christmas fundraising campaign.
The first of its 2023 Christmas fundraising initiatives, Scottish agricultural charity RSABI has launched a collection of farming themed greetings cards, now available to purchase onlinefor a cost of £5 for a pack of 10.
Income raised from the card sales will provide RSABI with vital funds to continue the important work it does to provides financial, practical, and emotional support to people involved in Scottish agriculture.
Pauline Macmillan, Head of Fundraising at RSABI, highlighted the importance of supporting the charity’s services this winter.
“The run up to Christmas is a very important time for fundraising for RSABI.
"As a charity, we rely on the kind donations of our supporters, and income from initiatives like our Christmas card sales allows us to continue providing essential services to those in the farming community who may be struggling.
“Our thanks also go out to the team at Dumfries House for providing us with the bales and space to create our winter bale art to help launch our festive fundraising campaign.
"Our Christmas card launch is the first in a series of festive initiatives launching in the coming weeks.”
The charity is also calling for people looking to get ahead with gifting this Christmas to consider the gift of an RSABI Supporter Scheme membership, which will include a free #KeepTalking beanie hat worth £10.
Along with a hat to keep heads cosy this winter, recipients will have the warm glow of knowing a donation made in their name is directly supporting the charity’s important work.
To help spread the message of its #KeepTalking campaign to encourage farmers and crofters to stay connected and check in on friends, neighbours, relatives and others in their community who might be feeling isolated, RSABI hopes to see farmers across the country wearing its #KeepTalking themed beanies this winter.
RSABI offers free practical, financial, and emotional support including counselling services, delivered quickly after receiving the initial enquiry. Its free confidential support service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, by calling 0808 1234 555 (calls won’t show up on phone bills) or through a confidential webchat service, available on RSABI’s website.