Clay Pigeon Shoot Raises Money for Southend’s New Hospice

An annual clay pigeon shoot in the Essex countryside raised vital funds for a new hospice being built in Southend.

The Paglesham Clay Pigeon Club held their 17th annual shoot and raised money for three Essex based charities including for Havens Hospices’ new adult hospice, which is being built opposite Priory Park.

The event has traditionally raised money for the charity’s children’s hospice Little Havens, which is the only place in Essex wholly dedicated to caring for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Since 2009, the shoot has raised over £54,000 for the charity so that they can continue to provide specialist care for free – for as long as is needed – within the family home and at the hospice.

However, this year the shoot organisers decided to raise money for the new Fair Havens Hospice, which the charity is hoping to open in 2020 and help Havens Hospices get a step closer to raising the final monies for the build.

Nearly 300 people attended the shoot in July and helped raise £24,500 by taking part in the shoot, bidding for items in the auction and buying raffle tickets. This has been split into gifts of £7,500 between the three charities the club is supporting this year including the new Fair Havens Hospice.

Anthony Rankin, Club Chairman said

“With £24,500 raised this year, we have now exceeded £300,000 generated for local charities since beginning these events – a remarkable total for a small club based in the little village of Paglesham. This has only been possible because of the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors, participants and volunteers and it’s a great example of clay shooters giving something back to brilliant local charities and having fun doing it.

“This year we were very pleased to support the new Fair Havens Hospice project alongside our other charities. It’s great to know that local people will benefit from the increased services that the hospice will offer, and we feel very grateful to have this amazing facility in South East Essex.”

Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser at Little Havens said

“On behalf of everyone at Havens Hospices, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in this event and for supporting us year on year and for this year choosing to support the new Fair Havens. We honestly wouldn’t be here without the generosity of our supporters like Paglesham Clay Pigeon Club who fundraise for us and continue to help us fulfil our promise of ‘Making every day count’.”

Havens Hospices has just £350,000 left to raise to complete the build of the new Fair Havens. It has recently launched the ‘Power of a Pound’ campaign because if every person in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford gave just £1 it would reach this fundraising target. If you would like to help the charity to unleash the Power of a Pound, please click here [https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/powerofapound].

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