Clay pi­geon shoot­ers on tar­get to boost char­i­ties

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Laura James [email protected]­plc.com

FUND-RAIS­ERS took aim to add to the £100,000 they have pre­vi­ously raised for var­i­ous lo­cal char­i­ties dur­ing an an­nual shoot.

Ev­ery year more than 100 peo­ple take part in the Red House char­ity clay pi­geon shoot in aid of se­lected good causes.

And this year’s shoot was well-backed as or­gan­is­ers headed to Ched­dle­ton’s Bas­ford shoot­ing ground for the sea­sonal event, which takes place be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

As al­ways par­tic­i­pants headed back to the Red House pub in Caver­swall for a char­ity raf­fle and auc­tion – and a prize-giv­ing for the best and worst shoot­ers.

Or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mate that the shoot has raised al­most £100,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties in the past two decades.

Jess Allen-robin­son has been tak­ing part in the shoot for 15 years and is a mem­ber of the Red House Char­ity Shoot com­mit­tee.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Wer­ring­ton, said: “The whole event is cen­tred around the Red House pub which is where the event got its name.

“It is a com­mu­nity pub and we do it to raise money for lo­cal char­i­ties. Peo­ple who want to take part buy tick­ets and all of the pro­ceeds go to var­i­ous char­i­ties. We usu­ally raise about £4,000 ev­ery year.

“Nor­mally the money is do­nated to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, but this year we have gone a bit fur­ther afield and some of the money is go­ing to St Luke’s Hospice, in Lon­don, a char­ity close to pub land­lord Josh Durkin’s heart.”

Other causes which will ben­e­fit from this year’s shoot in­clude the Chur­net Val­ley First Re­spon­ders, the Dou­glas Macmil­lan Hospice, the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion and Mar­row House care home.

Jess added: “The shoot is a re­ally fam­ily-friendly event and we al­ways put it on dur­ing the lull be­tween Christ­mas and New Year so more peo­ple can come. Every­body gets in­volved in it, even if they don’t take part in the shoot­ing they will come back to the Red House for drinks af­ter­wards. It re­ally brings the whole com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber and keen clay pi­geon shooter Lynn Rogers helped to or­gan­ise the event.

Lynn, aged 38, of Rough Close, said: “The shoot has be­come a Christ­mas tra­di­tion. We usu­ally see the same fa­mil­iar faces turn up, but this year we have had some new peo­ple come and take part. We have had some chil­dren and ladies come along who have never picked up a gun be­fore.”

Lynn added: “There are about six of us on the com­mit­tee and we are all keen shoot­ers. We go on shoots to­gether as a group so it is nice for us to be able to en­joy our hobby while rais­ing money for char­ity at the same time.”

This year’s shoot raised around £2,500 – with £500 go­ing to each of the five char­i­ties.

From left, Jess Allen-robin­son, Red House land­lord Josh Durkin, David Allen, Lynn Rogers and Phil Stephens.

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