Clay pigeon shoot raises over £60,000 for charities

23rd October 2016

A popular clay pigeon shoot event has raised over an ‘incredible’ £60,000 for two charities.

The event was organised by Andrew and Bea Grant and Georgina Britten-Long and took place at Bransford Manor on 1st October. More than £60,000 was raised which will be split between St Richard’s Hospice and Child Bereavement UK.

The clay shoot was attended by 120 shooters and 30 guests and supported by generous sponsors and donors.

St Richard’s Hospice Fundraising Director, Tricia Cavell said, “We are hugely grateful to the organisers who are long-standing and committed supporters of our work caring for people with life-limiting illnesses and supporting their families.”

She added, “This was an incredible amount to raise from a single event and we are extremely grateful to all those who made the day such an enjoyable and outstanding success. All our services are free to patients and families and we rely on generous supporters in the community to ensure we can continue support people when they need us.”

Andrew Grant is a former governor and now Patron of St Richard’s Hospice. The event also raised funds for Child Bereavement UK which was chosen as a result of the tragic death of Simon Mountjoy who was a Partner in the Andrew Grant Country Homes Department.

Lunch was sponsored by Luke Johnson of Pizza Express fame and Patisserie Valerie through Penyard House of Ross-on-Wye who organise corporate events. All shooting was arranged by Alan Bewlay of the Throckmorton Gun Club and his team.

Some of the highlights of the auction included a round of golf at Royal St Andrew’s that reached £700; a tour of the Highgrove Gardens given by the Prince of Wales that made £500; a GTech bike, £850; hunting for two in Namibia, £2,300; a barrow of bottles given by Don and Rowie Mountjoy £700, and the famous corset, which has been put into charity auctions for over 30 years, made £700.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

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The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
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