STARS IN BERK­SHIRE

Berkshire Life - - Interview -

Berk­shire Shoot­ing School opened its doors for a char­ity clay pi­geon shoot­ing day re­cently, with the event be­ing hosted by TV’s Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie. Over 100 guests de­scended on the venue with many big names amongst them, in­clud­ing Drag­ons’ Den’s Peter Jones CBE, Kaiser Chiefs front­man Ricky Wil­son and crick­eter Phil Tufnell.

To­gether they were suc­cess­ful in rais­ing an in­cred­i­ble £164,360 for two in­spir­ing char­i­ties: part of the funds went to­wards the Shoot­ing Star Chase chil­dren’s hospice, which Phillip has been pa­tron of for over 15 years. The char­ity works to pro­vide vi­tal care for babies, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies with life lim­it­ing con­di­tions. Money was also be­ing raised for the Peter Jones Foun­da­tion, which was set up by the en­tre­pre­neur to im­prove so­cio-eco­nomic out­comes for young peo­ple by equip­ping them with en­ter­prise skills.

The day got off to a blast with a shoot­ing ses­sion, fol­lowed by a three course meal and an auc­tion where money-can’t-buy prizes were on of­fer.

Speak­ing to guests at the event, Phillip said: “The fig­ures raised have been as­ton­ish­ing to­day and we’re ab­so­lutely thrilled.” Prais­ing the work of the Shoot­ing Star Chase hospice, he added: “It’s so im­por­tant to say that when you go to the hos­pices, they are the most de­light­ful, happy, pos­i­tive places and we are so proud ev­ery year to be in­volved and to be able to do this for the Shoot­ing Star Chase.” Find out more about these won­der­ful char­i­ties and how award be­cause it gives a plat­form to be able to fur­ther raise aware­ness about mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, chronic ill­ness and dis­abil­ity in gen­eral but also specif­i­cally in the Asian com­mu­nity,” she said.

This is not the first time that her work has been recog­nised: in 2013 she was named ‘Vol­un­teer of the Year’ at the 2013 MS So­ci­ety Awards, and ear­lier this year she was awarded the Points of Light award by the Prime Min­is­ter, which praises out­stand­ing vol­un­teers who are mak­ing a change in their com­mu­nity. you can help them out at shoot­ingstar­chase.org.uk and pe­ter­jones­foun­da­tion.org

LEFT: Tr­ishna Bhara­dia

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