16 teams of four took part in the 60-clay competition at The Fennes Shooting School to raise vital funds for Little Havens Hospice, which is the only place in the county wholly dedicated to caring for youngsters with a life-limiting illness and their families.
The day attracted both novice and experienced shooters who enjoyed breakfast in the Shoot Hall before a morning of shooting which also included two optional pay challenge stands.
As a surprise for the guests, there was the unexpected addition of some special clays which exploded in a pink cloud in celebration of Little Havens Hospice’s 21st birthday. The competition was followed by a reception and delicious three course meal in The Manor House with an auction and prize giving.
The clay pigeon shoot raised £35,000 for Little Havens Hospice, which will help the charity continue ‘Making every day count’ for the babies, children, teenagers and families they care for. When a family has been told that there is no cure for their child’s illness Little Havens is there to help make the journey as comfortable as possible by controlling pain and medication and offering respite and care, for free and for as long as it is needed.
Mandy Beglan organises the annual event and was overwhelmed by the support it has received. She explained, “Thank you to everyone who took part and made this year’s Little Havens Clay Pigeon Shoot the best one so far. We couldn’t organise this event without the support from our generous sponsors, prize donators and our amazing guests, many of whom return every year. Special thanks to main sponsors Prolag Thermal Insulation Limited and Capstick Dale Solicitors and our other sponsors including PA Wood Rolls Royce of Dunmow who showcased two Rolls Royce cars and Deranged Vehicles who were also in attendance.
“£35,000 is an exceptional amount to raise and brings the total since our first event in 2014 to an amazing £115,000. Little Havens Hospice does a brilliant job caring for babies, children and teenagers across Essex and doesn’t charge a penny for this specialist care. This money will help to ensure that this care continues to be available to the families who really need it now and in the future.”
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters including Capstick Dale Solicitors, Prolag Thermal Insulation Limited, P & A Wood Rolls Royce, Aspect Contracts Limited, CC International, Deranged Vehicles, Eden Clay, Essex Gun, P & R Services, Rosemount Independent Financial Advisors Limited, The Tyre Shop, Zeelandia – Refreshment stand, The Fennes Shoot School, Grant Beglan our auctioneer and Tom Hogarth our photographer
And thank you to all our prize donors including Down Hall, The Fennes Shooting School, Hessian Coffee, Hoyles Honey, James Purdey & Sons Limited, Jo Malone, Sunglasses for Sport and Mr. & Mrs. S Galvin.