A glorious October day at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School once again provided the stunning backdrop for the industry’s clay pigeon shooting crackshots, and some of its not-so-sharp shooters, to enjoy a day of fun and networking while generating £66,000 for charity.
The annual event, which has been raising much-needed funds for north London’s inclusive theatre group Chickenshed since 2015, was organised by Harvey Soning, chairman and founder of James Andrew International, and Tony Gibbon, founding partner of Newmark BH2, who is also director and chair of trustees at Chickenshed Theatre Trust. LIG Group’s Arthur Duke sponsored the day.
Eighty shooters took part and scored an excellent 65% of shots fired – 6,454 out of 9,956. Geoff Taylor, project director at Almacantar, almost hit the bullseye in the hit-rate sweepstake, with an estimate of 6,472. Other winners were Emil Sohrab, chief executive of James Taylor Group, who collected the Top Gun prize, and Penny Bell, associate director in JLL’s alternative capital markets team, part of Sohrab’s Always on Target team, who won The Top Lady award. But Always on Target did not manage to rob Guy Rudd, managing director of Revantage, and his Glorious Twelfth group of the Top Team crown.
The teams enjoyed a champagne reception and lunch, during which Allsop consultant and auctioneer Duncan Moir conducted an auction. Attendees were also treated to a speech from one of Chickenshed’s stars, Jimmy Adamou, who shared how the theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, changed his life.
Next year’s event will take place on 3 October.