Warwickshire clay shoot hits the mark for farming charity - The Rugby Observer

Warwickshire clay shoot hits the mark for farming charity

HUNDREDS pulled together and hit the mark at a clay shoot competition and lunch which raised more than £34,000 for a major farming charity.

Teams made up of property professionals and landowners took aim at the event at the Shuckburgh Estate on the Warwickshire-Northamptonshire border.

The event was hosted by Southam-based Newton LDP for the third year running to bank cash for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) – a national charity which provides local support to the farming community across England and Wales.

The event has now raised a total of more than £84,000 for RABI.

As well as a dinner, auction and raffle, the event featured a moving speech from Andy Eadon, whose son Leonard was only 22 when he tragically took his own life.

Richard Foxon, Managing Director of Newton LDP, said: “Andy’s talk was incredibly powerful. We thank him sincerely for his contribution and for shining a spotlight on the day-to-day pressures and challenges faced by farmers and people who work in the agricultural industry.”

He said the clay shoot was a ‘phenomenal’ success, and added he was delighted it was able to raise so much money for such a deserving cause.

He said: “The Institution does some exemplary work in providing expert mental health and wellbeing advice to people working across all tiers of agriculture – all at a time when they need this kind of support the most.

“With so many of our staff having lived and worked in the farming community, the partnership we have with RABI is very special.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all who took part and sponsored the event and congratulate the winners.”

Kate Jones, RABI Regional Manager, said: “Funds raised from this event will be instrumental in helping RABI continue its vital work in supporting the farming community financially, practically, and emotionally. We are immensely grateful for Newton LDP’s commitment to our cause.”

The team Leg Down, which featured estate owner Sir James Shuckburgh, was crowned the winner and took home the Newton LDP Cup.

Email [email protected] to sign up for or sponsor next year’s event.

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