THE outstanding contribution made by a farming charity has been recognised by the Bishop of Exeter.

The Rt Rev Robert Atwell, the Church of England's spokesperson in the House of Lords on Rural Affairs, has recognised the contribution of RABI to the farming community by adding his support to their Harvest 23 fundraising appeal.

The Bishop of Exeter, is encouraging churches, community groups and individuals to raise funds to support farming people.

Bishop Robert said: "Harvest is the one time of the year when the eyes of city dwellers and villagers join in focusing on farming in thanksgiving for our food.

"Sadly, some people's gaze doesn't extend beyond the supermarket shelf to recognise the hard work of our farmers and agricultural workers. As the farming community knows only too well, agriculture is a tough business. Loneliness is a big enemy and sometimes there are casualties.

"The commitment of RABI to the wellbeing of the farming community is outstanding. It offers practical help, guidance and financial support on a confidential basis. In a time of need or isolation, farmers know that in RABI there is not only expertise but the hand of friendship."

RABI's head of fundraising, Paul Pirie, welcomes Bishop Robert's support. "We're delighted that Bishop Robert has given his support to our Appeal and thank him for his continued work for the farming community during his nine years in the role," said Paul.

This year there's even greater significance as yields have been impacted by adverse weather. Funds raised will help RABI's work with farming people who are experiencing difficulties, whether financial, practical or emotional.

The charity is encouraging faith-based organisations, community groups and individuals to fundraise on their behalf and have provided a range of helpful resources, including prayers and suggested bible readings from Bishop Robert.

To register for your free RABI Harvest 23 fundraising resources pack, visit To donate, please visit: