Shooting Party on Target with £250,000 for Charity

More than £250,000 has been raised by this year’s Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot. The shoot was held at Chatsworth, with BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury acting as Master of Ceremonies to 180 guns in five person teams drawn from across the country.

Shooting took place in the morning in heathland on the Chatsworth estate with the fundraising effort continuing through the afternoon and evening with a Grand Auction and Gala dinner and dance. Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, Henry Wyndam took bids for the ‘top 15’ lots in front of 450 guests with another 50 lots going to electronic auction.

Shooting Party on Target with £250,000 for Charity
Many of the donated auction lots were of the ‘money can’t buy’ variety and included: a long weekend at Villa Louise in Burgundy with wine sampling at two of the region’s greatest “monopoles”, Corton Charlemagne and Clos de Tart; four tickets to the Britain’s Got Talent Final; a matched pair of side by side E.J. Churchill shotguns; a trip to Los Angeles with tickets for this year’s Emmy Awards; and a luxury CP Hart bathroom to be designed by top interior designer Karen Cox.

A total of £250,000 was raised from what is one of the largest charity clay shoots in the country and will be distributed to local good causes including The Children’s Hospital Charity, Arthritis Research UK, Cavendish Cancer Care and the Devonshire Educational Trust.

The shooting was organised by sporting agency E.J. Churchill and included five simulated ‘100 clay’ drives and a ‘top gun’ pool shoot. Chatsworth’s participation was headed by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s son Lord Burlington but neither he nor his team managed to win any of the shooting prizes - a failure he put down to having “missed all the warm-up sessions I’d planned.”

Shooting Party on Target with £250,000 for Charity
The Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot began in 2003 with around 75 participants and only two auction prizes. Having previously moved around Derbyshire, it has settled at Chatsworth since 2011 and now draws up to 200 guns for a fun day’s shooting as well as hundreds of guests to the auction with its associated fine dining and evening entertainments.

Organised by volunteers, the event has now raised a total of more than £1.25m for local charities. Committee Chairman Richard Reynolds was delighted by 2014’s record result - “The money from the Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot is having a real impact on quality of life for children and adults who are often seriously unwell and I think that has helped the event grow into such a successful fundraiser in recent years. It’s a real tribute to those who have donated the auction lots so generously and, of course, to those who have bid for them.”.

Next year’s Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot is scheduled for Saturday May 9th 2015 and interested parties are invited to contact the Administrator, Sally Eustace -