The guest speaker at last week’s meeting of Duns Rotary Club was the chief executive officer of RSABI, Nina Clancy, who is well known in Berwickshire through her previous work over many years with NFU Scotland.
RSABI is a unique Scottish charity with roots going back to 1897 (previously known as the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institute) which provides financial assistance, support and advice in total confidence to those people who have worked in Scotland in landbased occupations and who are suffering hardship.
Every year RSABI helps hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish farming, gamekeeping and rural estate work who, due to illness, disability, poverty or crisis, find that they are unable to cope.
Last year they helped over 500 people, providing direct financial assistance in excess of £520,000.
While certainly not turning away those who would like to support this important Scottish charity, Nina explained that the present focus is on finding new people throughout Scotland to help and support, and they are actively seeking new referrals.
Nina encouraged anyone who is aware of a situation where someone is in need of support should contact RSABI (0131 472 4166) for a chat.