FUNDRAISERS in the North Yorkshire farming community won big at the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) awards.

At the ceremony in Oxfordshire attended by more than 200 people, RABI’s North Yorkshire committee scooped the Beaufort Shield, which is awarded to the county that raises the most money for the charity.

In 2016, North Yorkshire’s farming fundraisers raised £64,474.

The committee was also awarded the Sam Taylor Cup for the best new stand-alone fundraising event.

Malcolm Thomas, RABI chairman, said: “Our North Yorkshire committee is longstanding and hardworking and these awards are fully deserved.

“Without our county committees RABI would not be able to do the work it does. When you boil it right down you realise our organisation is full of people helping others just like themselves, who have been unlucky enough to fall on hard times.”

In 2016, RABI gave out grants of £152,428 in North Yorkshire.