1 March 2002

Art raises cash for needy

Rural art is welcomed in the city courtesy of The Hunting Art Prizes 2002. Bridget Macdonald (pictured) was invited to display The Red Poll Bull at the Royal College of Art in London recently. The painting, which is on sale for £3000, was one of 95 selected from 2000 entries. The artist, who grew up on a farm on the Isle of Wight and used to work as an editorial secretary on Power Farming, is pictured with her former boss and NFU president Lord Plumb. The competition, sponsored by Hunting plc, raises money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution which is dedicated to helping retired and working members of the farming community who are experiencing hardship. During the first nine months of the foot-and-mouth crisis, RABI sent out more than £8m to 8000 working farming families.