TV stars Ant and Dec, and Holly Willoughby were the hot shots of the day at a clay pigeon shooting event organised by Phillip and Stephanie Schofield, which raised over £60,000 for Shooting Star Chase.
Phillip Schofield, who has been our Patron for over 15 years, hosted the event with his wife, Stephanie, at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School and together they welcomed a total of 25 teams to the fundraiser.
Guests included Phillip’s This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby, who joined him and his family on one team, and Ant and Dec, along with Dec’s wife, Ali Astall, who battled it out on another team. Entrepeneur and Dragon’s Den judge, Peter Jones, headed up another team and life coaches on This Morning, Nik and Eva Speakman, also took on the pigeon shooting stands together.
Declan Donnelly, who accidentally broke a gun during the shoot, said: “I don’t know how it happened – maybe I’m too strong! But the most important thing is I beat Ant. We were neck and neck until the last stand but I won in the end. Ant isn’t very happy about it but I’m over the moon!
“It’s been a brilliant day and everyone’s had a laugh, and to be able to raise a few quid for a very worthy cause at the same time is great. The charity is amazing – any parent wouldn’t want to use a hospice but the fact that Shooting Star Chase is there if the worst happens is really reassuring.”
The teams enjoyed multiple clay pigeon shooting sessions and a champagne reception, followed by a three course meal where guests competed against each other for auction lots including a luxury golf break, a private box at Tony Hadley’s upcoming Royal Albert Hall performance and a case of vintage wine which was donated by Phillip Schofield. Red Letter Days, which is owned by Peter Jones, kindly sponsored the event.
Phillip Schofield said about Shooting Star Chase: “I’ve known the charity for so long I remember having the plans for one of the hospices on my kitchen table. And if you visit, you realise it’s not a place of sadness – it’s a place of joy and celebration, and a place of happiness for families in those final hours, days or months.
“It’s awful to think anyone has to step through those doors but I’m so grateful the angels that work at Shooting Star Chase are on the other side. The charity do an utterly incredible job and that’s why I’m proud to be involved.”
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