Rural charity RSABI is on a mission to help more people and raise the funds in order to do this.
The charity, which aims to help people who have depended on the land, provided nearly £500,000 in assistance to more than 500 beneficiaries last year.
RSABI development officer for the north of Scotland Melissa Kelly said the charity is looking to increase this number and help more people in need.
“We very much know that there are more people out there that need help and that the number is just a work in progress. We would like to double the number of people that we help,” said Ms Kelly.
She said more often than not the charity was also able to refer people to other charities and organisations which may be able to help them.
Ms Kelly said she is keen to get more people, whether it be individuals, smaller organisations or large corporate businesses, to sign up as supporters to the charity.
Minimum annual donations for the charity’s supporter scheme are £25 for individuals, £150 for small and medium sized businesses such as a family farming business, and £500 for a large commercial business or organisation.
Ms Kelly added: “I’m also looking to increase support through developing voluntary committees that consist of between four and 10 people who want to do a couple of events during the year to raise money for RSABI, but also to be the eyes and ears of the charity on the ground and ensure people come to us and to let people know that are struggling that there is help at hand.
“We would meet two to three times a year and discuss wee events and I would give them a hand with it.”
She said the charity’s long-standing effort to raise £20,000 was on track to reach its target.
RSABI is currently selling raffle tickets for £1 to be in with the chance of winning a vintage 1971 David Brown 780 tractor, donated by the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club.
To date 16,000 tickets have been sold and the prize draw will take place at the charity’s AGM at AgriScot in Edinburgh on November 19. Tickets can be bought online at www.rsabi.org.uk/raffle.
The next major fundraising event planned for the North is a charity clay shoot at House of Mulben, near Keith on Sunday October 12.
Teams of four and individual guns are invited to take part at a price of £60 per team or £15 per individual. Pool shoots are £2 per entry and competitors must provide their own gun and cartridges, although a limited number of guns are available to hire.
To reserve your place at the event, which has a 10.30am for 11am start, contact Ms Kelly on 07966754188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.