With another season fast approaching, the time has come to turn our attention to improving our estates, also, very importantly, how we can raise the most amount of money possible for worthy causes with the help from our generous Guns..?
Ourselves and the charities are extremely grateful to have such a generous set of Guns grace our pegs each season and rarely does a day go without a team contributing to charity in one way or another.
The most common is to simply split a sweepstake with the winner and their chosen charity, while the most expensive is to shoot the white pheasant! To this end, we’ve reared a shed load this year so look out Guns!
Through the sacrifice of one or two white pheasants, along with some sweepstake monies that have been collected from our dedicated team of Hosts, we were incredibly pleased to be able to present a cheque for £4,000 to the Welsh Air Ambulance. The Welsh Air Ambulance team do a truly remarkable job and one I think very few would envy.
It was very kind of them to take the time out of their day to talk to us about how the operation works, from maintenance and day to day procedure to being airborne and en route to potentially saving someone’s life. The charity that is very relevant to anyone that participates in country sports or pursuits. Fingers crossed we never have need for it!
We also made a less sizeable donation to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, which was £120 as well as a drive at Kempton to be auctioned off as part of the Shropshire Fantasy Shoot Day last season. Another was the National Gamekeepers Organisation, £1,200 to them for their amazing efforts in supporting the keepers who shape our sport.
Three amazing organisations and the latter two, very hardworking organisations without which our wonderful sport would be in very different shape.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you once again to our high spirited and generous teams and individuals for all of their kind contributions. Whether they are big or small, they have helped someone or something that without their money may have fallen by the wayside.