Monday, 28 May 2012

Charity clay shoot hits £8,000 target

Photo 1: White & Sons Senior Partner Andrew Farrant takes aim

Photo 2: Smoking gun: One of the shooters

Photo 3: Top Team – Team Alex

Racing driver Ash Miller and Surrey Air Ambulance’s chief pilot were among the teams who took part in a clay shoot which raised more than £8,000 for the life-saving charity on May 16th.

The up-and-coming British Touring Cars driver was in the Sitting Ducks side who took on Captain Steve Wood’s Whirly Boys and 11 other teams at Europe’s leading shooting school at Bisley.

But the Top Team award went to Team Alex including John Newton whose daughter was airlifted by the helicopter following a road traffic collision in 2010.

Novices and experienced shots alike took aim at targets such as the “bolting rabbit” and the Top Gun prize went to the aptly-named Alan Warren.

The day-long fundraising event attracted a total of 50 shooters and was sponsored by estate agents White & Sons who also entered a team.

Senior Partner Andrew Farrant told them: “We became involved in raising money for Surrey Air Ambulance six years ago.

“The more we learn and see what the doctor and critical care paramedic achieve in saving lives the more we are addicted to supporting the organisation. It’s a very simple recipe – speed and clinical excellence.

“What is so important is that the Air Ambulance saves lives in our community daily. God-willing it won’t be one of us driving home this evening, but that is the reality.”

Prizes including a pair of tickets to watch Top Gear, a pleasure flight, paddock passes to British Touring Cars, a golf day and shooting lesson went under the hammer in an auction held by Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow presenter Jonathan Pratt.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public donations and needs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying.

Each emergency call-out costs an average of £2,500 so the sum raised from the clay shoot has funded three potentially life-saving missions.

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