Shoot bags £2,258 for brain tumour research charity

Sue Farrington Smith, left, with the Whaddon Wind Ups PNL-140430-102757001
Sue Farrington Smith, left, with the Whaddon Wind Ups PNL-140430-102757001

At total of £2,258 was raised for brain tumour research at the Ali’s Dream Clay Pigeon Shoot on Sunday.

It was a winning day for David Gill of the Whaddon Wind Ups, who hit an impressive 46 clays out of 50.

Ali's Dream Clay Pigeon Shoot PNL-140430-102808001

Ali's Dream Clay Pigeon Shoot PNL-140430-102808001

On the sideline pool shoot, in an exciting shoot-off, he beat three other top guns for the top prize and his team won the shield for the winning team, shooting 170 out of 200.

Northampton-based Mark Yardy gave Mr Gill a run for his money, shooting 45, and his team, The Old Boys, received the Runners-Up trophies.

The real satisfaction for them, though, was beating their wives, who had formed a team called The Ladettes.

Geoff French, of North Harrow, and his team The French Connection fiercely defended their Novice Team trophy yet again hitting 83 out of 200 with Surrey-based newcomers Clay-L-S shooting 70.

Their team captain, Harry Edwards, won the top novice gun, shooting 25 and just beating Chris Hinton from Watford, who shot 24.

All the trophies were sponsored by Appledore Dental Clinic and Teresa Day was on hand to give the shield to the winning team.

The day always starts with a hearty breakfast of bacon and sausages in rolls which have generously been provided by Palmer’s Quality Butchers of Bletchley for the last five years.

Other sponsors included Winslow Lions, Clear Edge and Castlenau Wine Agency. Karl’s Bakery and SeaHawk Supplies once again provided a generous discount.

The money raised will go towards paying for research at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth.

The Centre was established by Ali’s Dream in collaboration with Charlie’s Challenge and Brain Tumour Research in 2010 and in 2012 was extended with the launch of the Alison Phelan memorial lab.

The centre now employs the largest team of brain scientists in the UK researching into childhood brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of

children in the UK.

Organiser and trustee, Sue Farrington Smith, said: “It was great to see so many of our loyal supporters who turn up year after year joined by so many newcomers and we are ever grateful for the loyal support of the guns and beaters of Padbury Hill Farm’s shoot syndicate, who offer up their time to provide instruction.

“We couldn’t put this event on without them.

“Everyone seemed to have a great time, whilst supporting vital research into childhood brain tumours.