Farmer’s Charity gets boost from Waterlooville Rotary

The Rotary Club of Waterlooville has donated £5,000 to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (R.A.B.I) in memory of one of their most popular members, Joss Cleeve, who sadly passed away at the end of last year at the age of 69.

Joss was a lifelong farmer so the Rotary Club chose R.A.B.I as its nominated charity for its annual golf day. A highly successful event at Southwick Park in Hampshire brought record returns.

Organiser of the golf day and Rotary Club President Roy Wilding was taken aback by the response from players and sponsors. He said: “We pulled out all the stops to honour Joss’s memory. He was well loved by so many people, but the amount raised was way beyond our expectations and way beyond anything we’ve ever achieved before.

That just shows how amazing the man was. Joss’s wife Linda wanted R.A.B.I to benefit because of the fantastic work they do for the farming community. She is clearly delighted with the outcome.”

Sally Field, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South East, added: “Joss was obviously held in high regard by so many people, it is humbling to receive such a magnificent donation in his name. We are extremely grateful to his family and friends for thinking of us.
“Rest assured, the money will be well spent, providing financial help to farming people when they are at their lowest ebb.”

Pictured above is Joss’s wife, Linda, presenting the newly-created Joss Cleeve trophy to the Horse & Jockey winning team.

About mikew

Retired from Royal Navy after 30 years before becoming a Resource (and later Deployment) Manager with DERA (now QinetiQ) and now retired for the second time! Interests include being a volunteer at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth (recently retired as Trustee Director). Church Warden at Holy Trinity Blendworth. Secretary of our Rotary Club's Community Service, Vocational and Youth Committee for 2012-14. Currently the Club's Secretary.


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