Charity shoot raises funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and RABI

Bob Smailes, Regional Fundraising Manager of Yorkshire Air Ambulance receiving a cheque from  Sharon and Tom Bayston, Proprietors, Park Lodge Shooting School.

Bob Smailes, Regional Fundraising Manager of Yorkshire Air Ambulance receiving a cheque from Sharon and Tom Bayston, Proprietors, Park Lodge Shooting School.

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Park Lodge Shooting School’s first ever charity shoot has raised approximately £3,000 to be shared between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The shoot saw 20 teams of four shooting five flushes each, consisting of 100 clay targets, in a friendly but competitive event.

In addition to the flushes, one of the highlights of the day was the chance for competitors to shoot at the famous GNAT, a remote controlled plane which passes shooters at speeds in excess of 60 mph and is frequently seen at Country Fairs and corporate hospitality events around the UK and overseas.

Tom Bayston, proprietor, Park Lodge Shooting School said: “Park Lodge has close associations with both these amazing charities and we would like to thank all the teams who entered for coming along and supporting us. We had great fun on the day and are delighted that we have raised almost £3000 that can now go to help the invaluable work done by YAA and RABI.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. They fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations.

Bob Smailes, Regional Fundraising Manager of Yorkshire Air Ambulance commented: “We’d like to thank Park Lodge Shooting School and everyone who entered their inaugural Charity Shoot for their very generous support. Its costs £9990 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air, so donations such as this are very welcome.”

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s national charity and was founded in 1860 by John Joseph Mechi. It provides support for members of the farming community who are in need throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is a member of Farming Help and works closely with other support agencies. In 2001 R.A.B.I. was nominated as one of five charities for HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year.