Fund-raising dinner for farming charity

Alnwick Castle. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Castle. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

The Duke of Northumberland is allowing a farming charity to use Alnwick Castle for a fund-raising dinner and dance.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) helps those in the farming world who are struggling financially, giving out around £2million in grants each year. Last year, the 155-year-old charity gave out more than £66,000 in Northumberland alone.

RABI’s Northumberland committee of volunteers is staging a black-tie dinner and dance in the Guest Hall of Alnwick Castle on Friday, November 13.

Sally Conner, RABI regional manager for the North East, said: “As you can imagine, we feel privileged that the Duke of Northumberland has been kind enough to let us use his Guest Hall for what should be a very enjoyable evening.

“RABI plays an important role within the Northumberland farming community, helping farmers, farmworkers and their families in times of financial hardship.

“No one knows when ordinary, everyday life is going to be turned upside down and dealing with financial burdens alone can have a huge impact on family life.”

Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7pm, cost £50 per head, including a drinks reception, three-course dinner and wine on the table. To book tickets or reserve a table (10 people) ring Stoker Frater on 07977 441381 or Warwick Milne on 07974 360629.