Clay shoot raises over £13K for stroke charity

The annual Cobb Europe Charity Clay Shoot brought together poultry professionals and raised over £13,000 for the Stroke Association.

James Dye from Newquip (far left) presenting the Team Winners Trophy to G W Padley Holdings Ltd.

The charity clay shoot took place at the High Lodge Clay Shooting Ground in Darsham, Suffolk.

More than 140 poultry industry professionals from the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands attended the friendly competition.

They competed as teams and individuals, with proceeds benefiting the Stroke Association.

The chosen charity is close to many team members’ hearts. 

Over the last three years, more than £40,000 has been raised in aid of the Stroke Association through the annual Charity Shoot. 

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“Incredibly grateful”

Tam Amara, relationship fundraiser at the Stroke Association, attended the event with a stroke survivor to share their thanks.  

“We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in the Cobb Europe Charity Clay Shoot,” Tam said.

Over 88,000 people survive a stroke every year in the UK, but this is only the beginning of a long, gruelling recovery.

“Mums, dads, grandparents, young people, even children – anyone can have a stroke, and its impact is traumatic,” Tam continued.

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“The Stroke Association is the only charity in the UK providing life-long support for all stroke survivors and their families. 

“But this is only possible with the efforts of our amazing supporters like those at Cobb Europe. 

“We are so thankful to everyone for their wonderful efforts in raising vital funds which will enable us to reach out to even more stroke survivors.”

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In memory of a team member 

The Steve Graham Top Shot Award was created in 2019, in memory of a Cobb Europe team member who passed away in 2018.

Steve was a regular attendee at the charity shoot so this is a fitting tribute for all who knew him.

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Tom Procter, Cobb Europe account manager – UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, said:

“It’s wonderful to be able to donate such a large sum to the Stroke Association and remember Steve.

“The size of the event has grown significantly since its start in 2010. 

“The attendance from across the industry demonstrates a willingness to support good causes.”

James Dye from Newquip presenting Billy Crane the Individual Winners Trophy. 

The winners 

James Dye, director at Newquip, presented awards to the day’s winners and runner ups.

Billy Crane from the C E Davidson team won the top shot honour after a tiebreak ensued with Ricky Reno from Powell Buildings. 

Both ended with excellent scores of 76 out of 82. 

James Padley was close on Cranes’ heels, scoring 73. 

Mr Padley’s team won the team shield with 187/200 in the two 100-bird team flushes. They beat defending champions Traditional Norfolk Poultry by one point.

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A privilege

The 2024 event was made possible by Newquip, a world leading supplier of pig and poultry equipment.

The company served as principal sponsor again this year. 

James Dye said: “It is a privilege for us to sponsor the annual Cobb Charity Shoot. 

“This fantastic event attracts many supporters from within our industry – it’s great to come together to raise money for charity whilst enjoying a fun day’s activities. 

“We are already looking forward to the next one!”

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