Fundraising is a piece of cake according to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution - the RABI are launching a cream tea campaign to raise the awareness of poverty within the farming community.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution ‘cream tea campaign’ aims to raise the awareness of poverty within the farming community. The RABI is a welfare charity. Its charitable endeavours provide £2 million in grants to help 1500 farmers, farmworkers and their dependants, of all ages.

The charity is raising money for farmers, farmworkers and their dependents who are experiencing financial difficulty. So grab a scone and raise some money for the RABI this week and raise awareness of poverty within the farming community. If you need some scone-making inspiration see The Field’s own apple scone recipe. 


As every British Afternoon tea devotee knows, there is nothing better than a display of homemade cakes in the company of a piping hot teapots. Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that even Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford said so herself she too experienced the “sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. The ‘cream tea campaign’ is here to rectify that sinking feeling.

The RABI have announced that up to a quarter of farming families live on or below the poverty line. In order to survive this poverty line, this charity is asking people to get involved and come together to organise or host their own cream tea party at a low-cost to make a difference to people’s lives. Not only will it keep the farmers happy, but it is a wonderful way to promote British farming and agriculture. The wonderful unison of arable – the flour for the scones, dairy – for the cream and fruit – for the jam promotes pride in British farming.


There are several ways the RABI encourages you to help. One is to fund a relief worker to help a farmer recovering from an accident. Alternatively you can provide specialist equipment to someone who is ill or disabled. Cream tea fundraisers will be happening all over the country during the summer period so make sure you put the dates in your diary. To find your nearest event, contact the head office team on 01865 724931 or email.

For more info visit the RABI’s confidential helpline on 0300 303 7373.