The Clay Shoot and Black Tie Dinner held on Friday 15th May at Berkeley Castle and the Folly raised an impressive £56,000 for The Nelson Trust. Thirty-two teams participated in the shoot, with Edward Notley Kent’s team winning the Richard Lister Trophy. 130 people attended the dinner in the evening held in the Great Hall at Berkeley Castle. The auction itself raised £31,000 and the raffle raised over £1,300.
These fundraising events enable the Nelson Trust to provide support to those affected by drug and alcohol addiction. Addiction not only impacts the individuals themselves but also their friends and family. This charity does not receive any public funding for additional services and relies on the generosity and support of others.
The Nelson Trust provides regular family weekend seminars so that family members of clients to come together to discuss how addiction has affected them. We recently received this feedback from a family member “I am extremely grateful for the work you do and hope that families may continue to be thought of and supported in this way in the future. It has helped my relationship with my daughter already in that every conversation we have had on the phone during and since the weekend has had more depth and understanding than before. She is very grateful to me for having attended and on my part I feel I understand her process of recovery a great deal better”.
We would like to give a huge thank you to all our sponsors and all those involved with the planning and running of the event. Without them this would not have been possible. We would like to thank Savills, the shoot title sponsor, and The David Thomas Charitable Trust, the dinner sponsor. The gnat was sponsored by Jerry Green of St James’s Place Wealth Management. Cotswold BMW were the Shoot Vehicle sponsor and supplied a fleet of 4x4 BMWs to transport the Guns around the Shoot course.
Lodders Solicitors and Saffery Champness sponsored Stands, Saffrey Champness also provided the Goody Bags for the Guns.
We would also like to thank all of those who donated so generously to the auction and raffle, as well as the following businesses: Phil Coley of Ian Coley Shooting School, Fosters Catering, Jeremy Hill of Vinotopia Wines, St Austell’s Brewery and the Berkeley Estate for supplying the home-grown venison for the BBQ.
Special thanks also goes to the Berkeley Estate for use of the castle and Mr and Mrs Marshall for use of the Folly. Both locations were spectacular and contributed to the atmosphere of the event.
Last but by no means least, a huge thank you goes to the shoot committee and all volunteers involved with the planning of the event and helping on the day.
The challenge is now to make next year’s event bigger and better! To view photos of the day please click here. To view photos of the evening please click here.