A prestigious Fantasy Four Shoot raffle, which offered a top prize of a day’s shooting for eight guns on four of the most outstanding drives in Kent, has attracted interest from shooting enthusiasts all over the country and has raised an impressive £50,000 for leading wildlife research charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) as well as a number of other local Kent charities.
In total, 250 tickets were sold at £200 each and the winning ticket was drawn by Michael Bax, the Kent High Sheriff under the watchful eye of Teresa Dent, Chief Executive of the GWCT and Giles Brealy, the GWCT’s Kent County Chairman who was responsible for organising this exciting raffle.
Mr Michael Davies was the lucky recipient of this prize and his winning ticket will include a challenging day’s shooting for 8 guns on the best drives from four outstanding Kent shoots -Bourne Park, Denne Hill, Crundale and Godmersham. The day, which will take place on Thursday 22nd November 2012, will end at Bilting House with a fantastic lunch accompanied by superb wines. It was a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity!
In total, the GWCT will be awarded £40,000 from the draw with £10,000 devoted to other local Kent charities that have been chosen by the four individual shoots which are generously hosting the shoot day. Local charities to benefit from this draw including: Demelsa House, Riding for the Disabled, Canterbury Oast and Godmersham Village Hall.
The raffle draw took place at Hole Park, Rolvenden following a fascinating GWCT shoot walk on the estate, which was led by GWCT adviser Mike Swan.
Picture caption: The Kent Fantasy Four Shoot raffle was drawn by (from Left) Michael Bax, Kent High Sheriff, Teresa Dent, Chief Executive of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Giles Brealy, GWCT Kent Committee Chairman and has raised an impressive £50,000 for GWCT research and other local Kent charities.
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The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats and we lobby for agricultural and conservation policies based on science. We employ 14 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.
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