Hot shots on target for cancer charity

Pictured from left is Neil Adams, Sarah-Jane Milne and Norman Morrice
Pictured from left is Neil Adams, Sarah-Jane Milne and Norman Morrice

A charity team clay shoot in the grounds of the Forest of Birse Estate raised £5,300 for local cancer charity, Friends of ANCHOR.

The event proved a great success, with over 100 shooting enthusiasts loading up to raise money.

Co-organisers, Norman Morrice and Neil Adams, visited the Friends of ANCHOR office to present the cheque.

Long-time supporter of the charity and co-organiser of the event, Norman Morrice explained how the fundraising idea came about: “Initially the idea to have a team competition came from the shoot tenant at the Forest of Birse, Neil Adams. Along with the support from Head Keeper Robert Patterson and Alastair Brown of Birse Estate and other colleagues we pulled the event together. The support from local people and businesses was incredible and allowed us to maximise the money raised and ultimately benefit the charity.”

The competition was generously supported by many of the gamekeepers from estates across Deeside, Donside and the Angus Glens, along with shooting syndicates and clubs from across the North-east region.

The shoot was held on in June, on one of the few dry summer days at The Forest of Birse Estate, Aboyne with the permission of the Honourable Charles Pearson. He also donated a McNab challenge which was auctioned later in the day, raising c £825 for Friends of ANCHOR.

The modern day McNab challenge offers the winning bidder the exclusive chance to bag a stag, salmon and brace of grouse; all within a 24 hour period and on this occasion on the Birse sporting estate.

The 23 teams of five shooters competed on a sporting layout of five Stands; there was also a Pool Trap which was used extensively for its own competition and a warm up for the sporting round.

Team Cullerlie were the overall team winners on the day, the individual Top Gun was Calum Fraser (Jnr) and the pool shoot was won by Jim Grant

Every penny raised for Friends of ANCHOR from the charity shoot will go directly towards supporting cancer patients in the North-east as all running and administration costs are generously covered by sponsorship from Balmoral Group.

Sarah-Jane Milne, PR & Fundraising Manager at Friends of ANCHOR said: “The amount of money raised for this inaugural charity shoot is outstanding. The organisers did a fantastic job pulling all the plans into place and it seems they had a wealth of support from the Deeside business and shooting community. On behalf of the charity, thank-you to all those who contributed to such a magnificent total; every penny of which will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in our region.”

Friends of ANCHOR fund the purchase of non-NHS provided equipment and aims to provide additional care, comfort and support for patients.

The charity also funds vital ground-breaking cancer research projects at the University of Aberdeen Institute of Medical Science, Foresterhill.