Jimmy had been managing his farm and looking after his wife who was in poor health. Jimmy came to RSABI as he realised that with lambing looming he could not do both. He had approached the local council who had supplied a carer to come in once a day but they had limited respite care available and his wife could not be left for long periods of time.
We talked about labour coming in to help but there were no funds within the business to pay for labour…and like all farmers he preferred to manage his own lambing. RSABI helped by supplying a grant to pay for respite care for his wife which allowed Jimmy to get through lambing.
Jimmy’s wife passed away shortly after and he contacted RSABI again admitting he was struggling to get up in the morning and get motivated. The Helpline Team offered to call him every morning for a couple of weeks, just to make sure he was up and about. Once he felt he was in a better place, these support calls were made weekly. We have continued to support Jimmy on a weekly basis for nearly two years now and he really appreciates the calls.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling please call the RSABI helpline on 0300 111 4166. The helpline is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
Providing emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector including farming, crofting and growing.
The Rural Centre
West Mains of Ingliston
The helpline is free to phone and open 24/7, 365 days a year.