Smiths Gore and local landowners raised in excess of £3,000 for local charities

The inaugural Smiths Gore Autumn Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot took place in late September at The Grace Dieu Estate in Leicestershire.

The Lichfield Office of Smiths Gore organised the event, with the aim of bringing together local business people in the property sector, and to provide a networking platform as well as raise a significant amount of money for Charity. Entrants comprised a mixture of solicitors, accountants, landowners and local businesses. These included Handelsbanken, Knights, Arnold Thomson and Newton and Hadfield Gunsmiths and others.

Smiths Gore and local landowners raised in excess of £3,000 for local charities
Fifteen teams entered on the day, with a skill set ranging from the total novice to old hands! There was stiff competition at the top between the teams, with the top gun being won by Simon Bond’s team the 'Funky Gibbons'!

The event raised in excess of £3,000 for charity. The three charities that are being supported include: Brittle Bone Society, Marie Curie Cancer and Phyliss Cook Cancer Relief Foundation.

The charities are close to the organisers’ hearts; Chartered Building Surveyor,

Chris Batterby of Smith Gore, has a six year old son who suffers from Brittle Bone disease, Henry Batterby is currently in a wheelchair, having broken his leg six months ago when he had to be air-lifted to Derby Royal. He underwent treatment there, before being transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital to have both his thigh bones rodded (with stainless steel rods) to reinforce his legs and reduce the effects of future fractures. Several casts and hundred of hours of physio has got him to where he is today, weight bearing and almost walking again.

Ed de Lilse, head of Agency at Smiths Gore commented:

"It was so rewarding to see such a strong turn out from all the local businesses and professionals in our area who came to support our chosen charities; we are so thankful to everyone who participated and look forward to doing business with them over the next 12months before re-hosting this event next September".

Smiths Gore intend to make the shoot an annual charity event, with the next shoot already pencilled in for the 25th of September 2014.