Break clay pigeon fundraiser at Heydon Hall goes off with a bang

A total of 160 people took part in the clay-pigeon shoot. Photos: Lee Blanchflower

A total of 160 people took part in the clay-pigeon shoot. Photos: Lee Blanchflower - Credit: Blanc Photography 2013

A fundraiser in aid of a Norfolk-based children's charity went off with a bang at the weekend.

A total of 160 people took part in the clay pigeon shoot at Heydon Hall, near Aylsham, on Friday.

The annual event, now in its third year, raises money for Break, which supports children, young people and families in East Anglia to change young lives.

Previous Breaking Clays events at Easton Estate, near Norwich and Sennowe Park, near Fakenham, together raised over £30,000. And this year's event alone raised around £25,000 – including £10,350 from an auction.

The winning teams were Clayland – a new team this year with 509; Longwater Gravel with 499 and Su-Bridge with 485. The High Tower, sponsored by Winsor Bishop, was won by Peter Southgate.

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The fundraiser was due to be hosted by TV presenter Jake Humphrey, a patron of the charity, and include former Norwich City and Northern Ireland footballer Paul McVeigh among the line-up, but both were unable to attend.

However, organisers insisted it was still a success.

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Sarah Bunn, senior fundraiser and event organiser at Break, said: 'Unfortunately, Jake was in France for the Euros but sent a message to the shooters and Paul McVeigh was unable to come.

'Although the day was overcast as the shooters arrived, the rain held off and judging by the comments when the teams finished everyone had enjoyed the shoot. Break is so grateful to the army of volunteers who gave up their day to come and work at the shoot, including a group of students from Norwich School who helped with food preparation and serving the 206 guests.

'We would like to thank everyone who made Breaking Clays such a successful event – the teams, the sponsors, the volunteers, Steve Bennington of Mid-Notfolk Shooting Ground, plus Neil Carter of Longwater Construction and the amazing Break team – all awesome.'

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