Last Friday (11 June), a Sussex veterans’ charity’s inaugural Clay Pigeon Shoot raised £4,600 for disabled veterans.
Nine teams of six had a go at shooting clays at five different stands at Southdown Gun Club, Findon in West Sussex.
All of the proceeds from the event will help to fund specialist care and rehabilitation to physically disabled veterans at the charity’s 60-bed facility in Worthing. Many of the current residents have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s.
The winning team, with a score of 116, was Team Querns/Baker/Newman, which included Michelle Newman who was celebrating her birthday and had received the ticket to the event as a surprise gift from her husband. Teams taking part in the day also included representatives from local businesses, including Michael Jones Estate Agents, JDA Accounts, IT TEL Service Ltd, Barry Passmore & Associates, My Networking Club, Invictus Wealth, The Business Catalyst.
Christine Gillott, Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, said:
“The event was an opportunity for people who had never shot before to get an introduction to the sport. Everyone managed to break some clays and enjoyed the experience, commenting on the patience of the instructors. A huge thank you to the two event sponsors This Media Larke and Robins Row Insurance. The proceeds will help Care for Veterans continue to provide our services to support disabled ex-Service personnel to improve their quality of life through the highest standard of care and rehabilitation.”
Craig Etherington, Robins Row Insurance, said:
“Thank you for having us, and for putting on such an excellent event. We really appreciate the work your organisation does in our community, and it goes without saying but we had an absolute ‘blast’!”
Since 1919, Care for Veterans has provided the highest possible standard of care and rehabilitation to disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. It provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy to help rehabilitate those who live there to live more independent lives. As an independent provider, the charity can fill the gaps often found between healthcare and social services.
The charity receives no regular Government funding and must raise £1.9 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel.