Farming Industry Charity, RABI wins ACO Award

More awards success as RABI wins ACO’s Charity of the Year

Farming industry charity RABI continues its recent awards success, having received the accolade Charity of Year (annual income £5m+) from the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) in their 2022 awards, which were announced on Thursday 22 September. 

Established in 1860, RABI was founded on the belief that every member of the farming community matters and should never have to face difficulties alone. The charity continues to develop services to address the often unexpected and unfortunate challenges that farmers sometimes face. Either whilst working or when they are no longer active in the sector – through ill health, bereavement, or retirement. 

Championing the contribution of charities and grant-making bodies that provide financial and well-being support, the ACO’s annual awards ceremony celebrates the stand-out achievements of the sector.

RABI received the 2022 Annual Award from the association of charitable organisations

RABI finance director, David Locke, expressed his delight in receiving the award just days after collecting two key prizes at the Charity Times Awards. 


It has been a fantastic few weeks for everyone associated with RABI. Our charity has had an unparalleled eighteen months in terms of landmark projects and the introduction of new support services. This hard work and investment continues to make a significant difference to the farming community that we are so proud to serve,”

The charity has a strong heritage of providing financial support to farming people. This year, we have launched timely, responsive grant-giving campaigns to help meet the challenges being faced by many members of the farming community during the cost-of-living crisis.

This award demonstrates that those struggles are recognised more widely, and RABI will continue to develop initiatives that have a lasting beneficial impact,” Mr Locke concludes.

RABI finance director, David Locke

In more favourable news, RABI awaits the outcome of the Third Sector’s Breakthrough of the Year Award, in which it is shortlisted for the farming-tailored counselling service and mental health training. These awards will be announced on 30 September.

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