Hayley Hanson is brains behind the eponymous luxury leather brand and she’s on a mission to raise £5,000 for R.A.B.I! Hayley is raffling off a stunning and totally unique hide chair worth £2,000, with tickets just £5.00 each. Even more exciting is the news that bona fide Welsh hill farming legend and TV personality Gareth Wyn Jones has stepped forward to draw the raffle!

Cattle farmer diversifies into hide and leather goods

Hayley is a 5th-generation cattle farmer born and bred in mid-Wales. She has diversified into tanning hides and crafting her own luxury leather fashion and homewares accessories alongside raising her British Blue and Aberdeen Angus cattle. Her brand was launched in 2011 and is now the only company in the world using hides raised in Wales. The amazing hide chair that’s the prize for this fundraising auction is worth £2,000 and is a truly a one-of-a-kind item. Tickets are just £5.00 each and all profits (the costs are only the fees from fundraising and payment platforms) will go directly to R.A.B.I to help them continue their important work. 

Hayley Hanson with R.A.B.I chair

Supporting R.A.B.I in uncertain times

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution(R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest charity. It offers vital financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages, including farmers, farmworkers and dependents.  Hayley Hanson has supported R.A.B.I for many years and has their green collection jar proudly displayed on her countertop. Hayley was due to give a talk at the R.A.B.I fashion show, before it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Naturally Hayley became deeply concerned for the charity after virtually all of its usual fundraising events were cancelled or postponed. Hayley comments: 

“Farming truly runs in my blood so I’m well aware of the amazing work carried out by R.A.B.I. When my local branch had to cancel their fundraising fashion show, I thought about how much they would miss the money which would have been raised. This chair has been admired by friends, family and customers whilst on display at the Royal Welsh winter fair or in our showroom. I hope that by offering it as the prize, I can help raise lots of money for R.A.B.I. It’s truly a unique piece, made from a beautiful, huge Welsh bred Simmental hide. Tickets are just £5.00, therefore everyone has a chance to win this beautiful price and support this amazing cause.”

Get your ticket here!

Tickets for the raffle are available here and will be on sale for all of August, ending at midnight on Monday the 31st of August. The winner will be drawn at random by Gareth Wyn Jones on the 7th of September. The lucky winner will be notified in addition to the result being announced on Hayley’s website and social media. The winner will be required to collect the chair from the farm and adhere to current social distancing rules. Snap your ticket up today and spread the word far and wide about this exciting raffle!