Thanks to the one and only Banksie!

Gordon Banks, second from left, front row, with members of Staffordshire R.A.B.I
Gordon Banks, second from left, front row, with members of Staffordshire R.A.B.I

Some great saving helped Gordon Banks make his name in football, but the World Cup winning goalkeeper got people to do some great spending to raise cash for farmers in need as guest speaker at a dinner of the Staffordshire branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), which raised more than £8,000 for the farming charity.

A raffle brought in more than £1,000 thanks to ticket sellers from Staffordshire Young Farmers’ Club, while a table raffle raised an additional £1,400. An auction generated £2,335 with the prizes including a bottle of House of Commons whiskey signed by the Prime Minister and a signed shirt from Banks’s former football club Stoke City. Barclays Bank generously donated £3,000.
More than 380 guests heard Banks talk about his glittering career as a footballer, which ended abruptly when he lost the sight in an eye following a car crash.

R.A.B.I is a grant-making charity which helps farming people of all ages if they are in financial difficulty. Kate Jones, R.A.B.I Regional Manager for the West Midlands, said:

“Many people would be shocked by how many farming families are in real need. In 2014 – we gave out almost £2 million to more than 1,300 individuals and families.”

To find out more about R.A.B.I visit www.rabi.org.uk or call the confidential helpline on 0300 303 7373.