North Lopham clay pigeon shoot raises £15,500 for East Anglian Air Ambulance
More than 125 people made the journey to North Lopham last month to take part in a clay pigeon shoot raising £15,500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The event was held at Whitebreads Farm, the home of organisers Janet and Charles Worby, who have lived in the village for the last forty years.
"It's incredible how generous the community and local businesses have been, we were overwhelmed with the final total - we've raised £15,534.37," said Mrs Worby.
Visitors enjoyed a hog roast at the event, with 85 shooters battling it out for four coveted trophies - each named after a person with a significant connection to the event.
"It all started after my father-in-law died 17 years ago," explained Mrs Wolby.
"We had a little trophy made up in memory of him and a few friends came along to shoot a few clay pigeons.
"Every time we did this it got bigger and bigger, and we thought it would be nice to raise some money for charity."
In its first year of fundraising eight years ago, the event raised £1,500. Two years later, that figure was doubled and the event reached its £6,000 milestone last year.
The couple were inspired to select the East Anglian Air Ambulance as this year's charity as their home sits within the life-saving charity's flightpath.
"They have no government funding at all, and we knew anything we could raise would help them keep flying," added Mrs Worby.
"Our target for this year was between £8,000 and £10,000. A generous individual donation of £5k helped us reach our massive amount. I want to say a huge thank you to all who took part and helped out."
The event also featured a talk from an East Anglian Air Ambulance staff member, a raffle, and a game of heads and tails offering the main prize of a donated pig.
Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire, Clarkes of Walsham, Ernest Doe of Wymondham, Norfolk Storage Solutions, Nigel Chapman, The Banham Shoot, and Six Mile Bottom were among those who lent their services to the event.