Peters & May Group once again hosted its Annual Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot at Pennsport in Thatcham, Berkshire last week. A ‘Day for Pink’, this popular annual event raises funds for the ground-breaking work carried out at The Princess Alexandra Hospital by the Breast Unit Charity. A bright start set the mood for the day; with spirits high and generous donations, over £15,000 was raised.
The Breast Unit Charity is one of the largest breast cancer clinical trials facilities in the country; having raised over £3m towards initiatives in the prevention and diagnosis of the disease. Hoping to fund non-standard treatments that 10% of those diagnosed would benefit from, the charity works hard towards continuity of care. With facilities in Hertfordshire, Essex and North London, the work carried out by the charity benefits people throughout the world. Peters & May is pleased that fund raising over the years has contributed towards the charities 40-breast cancer clinical trials; and the positive outcomes achieved.
The day began with a quick breakfast, setting participants up for the morning ahead. After hearing from Peters & May CEO David Holley, shooters were ready and raring to go! This year 17 teams competed, including new entries Pantaenius and the ladies only team. Sponsors of the event included Mitsubishi Motors UK, Pantaenius, Hude, Delphini, BBC Chartering and Spitfire Marketing. All playing their part in generously contributing towards the cause.
After a few hours shooting, participants relaxed with a drink or two, networking and browsing the many stands that joined the event this year. After growth in popularity, 2018 saw the addition of stands from Foxdenton and House of Lucan amongst others. Having worked up an appetite; the 85 guests enjoyed a gourmet BBQ lunch before the day concluded with the Charity Auction. This year 12 auction items were kindly donated. Items included a Nico Rosberg F1 print by the late Tim Skett, Exclusive shooting accessories, and a unique Indian cooking experience.
It was Constantine Group who won first place after some impressive shots. Closely following in 2nd place was the Peters & May team. A competitive event, our team saw some exceptional shooting with over 7,000 clays hit across 8 stands.
David Holley comments: “It’s great to see so many industry faces and partners out in full support for such a deserving charity. To hear from Jo and Tor at the charity about the fantastic projects that the funds will go towards, really opens your eyes as to how much further a charity like the Breast Unit Charity goes.”
David continues: “The funds raised today will contribute to new equipment, ground-breaking clinical trials and life changing research which is fantastic! However, with such a disease, part of the battle is a mental one. The Breast Unit Charity work hard to support the mental wellbeing of patients with initiatives such as Fabulous & Beautiful pamper days and the ‘Moving on Pathway Programme’. All of this extra work makes a massive different to those suffering and their families. The battle towards a cure is long and hard one – but it’s nice to know that through this event we can make such a difference.”
With a staggering £15,000 raised, Ashraf Patel from The Breast Unit Charity thanked Peters & May: “It’s fundraising events like these that make such a huge difference in the work we can carry out. Peters & May have been longstanding supporters of the Breast Unit Charity and the growth of the Charity Shoot this year is a testament to what a fantastic event it is.”
After such a successful ‘Day for Pink’, Peters & May would like to thank Mitsubishi Motors UK; Hude, Delphini, BBC Chartering and Spitfire Marketing as regular sponsors of the event. Likewise, a big thank you to the new sponsorships of the 2018, including that of Pantaenius, our new insurance partner.