The Birdshot Uveitis Society celebrated another successful shooting event at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School this year, raising a whopping £62,000 for continued research into Birdshot, which is a rare and potentially blinding eye disease, for which there is currently no cure. It gets its name from the white marks that develop on the retina, manifesting themselves as black spots in the field of vision, looking the same as when the lead pellets fired from a shotgun hit a pattern plate.
Held on the 10th of May, and sponsored by John F Hunt, the 25 teams of 4 guns, headed off after breakfast, in the beautiful sunshine to their first stand. Following a number of cloud bursts and some rapid dashes for waterproofs during the morning, shooting concluded with Champagne served on the lawn and lunch in the marquee.
Top Team with a score of 401 went to ‘2 birds only 1 stone’ comprising Oliver Rees (84), Brett Hallworth (90), Matt Yeates (65) and Nick Brown (62). Top Gun was claimed by Paul Poulter of ‘Hitachi Hotshots’ with 86 points, whilst ‘The Glorious Twelfth’ went to ‘Who Hares Wins’ with Matthew Nesbit, Tony Swanwick, Robin Ede and Paul Bland with 351 points. The Clay Conservationists Team award was presented to ‘New Era Bandito’s’ James Hunt, Steve Newman, Stefan Olen and Patrick Shinners with 269, and Becky Bone scooped the ‘Top Lady’ prize with 57 points.
Amazingly, in the sweep where individuals take a guess at how many clays were actually hit out of the 12,398 launched, Jon Eaglesham scored a direct hit with a guess of 8554 and landed himself a Magnum of Taittinger Champagne, which he very kindly put into the auction.
John Hall, a Birdshot sufferer, spoke passionately, as always, about the eye disease, urging everyone to go for an eye test on a regular basis, to ensure any issues are diagnosed early. He introduced Mohammed Rayhan, Birdshot’s speaker for the day, who is the Portfolio Manager for Ophthalmology Research at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Ray, as he is known, manages and coordinates the delivery of all ophthalmology trials and part of his salary is paid for by Birdshot, allowing him to dedicate time and resources to deliver their ABC study, uploading Birdshot sufferers’ clinical and imaging data to the database for analysis and research.
The very kindly donated auction lots ranged from a toy JCB ride-on tractor, Fortnum and Mason hampers, football hospitality tickets, a JCB’s golf experience and fishing on the River Test, to Rugby at Twickenham, an overnight stay at Le Manoir Hotel, a long weekend in Italy and a holiday in a luxury Villa within the four seasons resort in Sharm El Sheikh.
An excellent day was enjoyed by all, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the 2024 Birdshot Charity Shoot Day, for which we will announce the date, as soon as it is confirmed!
|Team Name||Team Member 1||Total||Team Member 2||Total||Team Member 3||Total||Team Member 4||Total||Flush||Total|
|2 birds only 1 stone||Oliver Rees||84||Brett Hallworth||90||Matt Yeates||65||Nick Brown||62||100||401|
|Hitachi Hotshots||James Pengilley||76||Paul Poulter||86||Andy Skilton||75||Martin O’Hare||61||99||397|
|Trigger Happys||Paul White||63||Guy Rudd||80||Sam Harper||78||Jack Sawbridge||68||100||389|
|Maleon Marauders||Steve Revell||73||William Downie||61||Howard Redhouse||83||Simon Wilkinson||68||99||384|
|Inmalo Miss Hits||John Polak||72||Charles Polak||67||Mike Wright||76||Simon Grantham||64||100||379|
|Oxenwood Outlaws||Jeremy Bishop||65||Tom Boardman||63||Steve Spriggens||69||Simon Perkins||73||99||369|
|3 C’s and a B||Stephen Casey||71||John Barbour||63||Simon Casey||55||Finlay Casey||79||97||365|
|The Bly Busters||Paul Hellier||63||Charlie Goodwin||72||Matt Blair||55||James Nolan||69||99||358|
|The 4 Bores||Liam Dunford||59||Peter Davidson||54||Robin Partington||81||Aston Woodward||65||99||358|
|Mr Gain||Matthew Goodwin||60||Nick Ralls||60||Ross Wilkinson||72||David Corry||63||97||352|
|Charles Wilson Gunslingers||David Gallagher||58||James Gallagher||63||Harry Fern||52||Nathan Heathcote||79||99||351|
|Who Hares Wins||Matthew Nesbit||67||Tony Swanwick||81||Robin Ede||49||Paul Bland||56||98||351|
|Gazetas Go Getters||Jon Eaglesham||60||Jonathan Allwood||77||Anthony Chudleigh||46||Toby Badcock||58||98||339|
|Top Guns||Martyn Burnett||61||Andy Murphy||48||Trevor Kent||72||Ronan Herity||60||98||339|
|Jolly Clay Busters||James Richardson||64||Luke Wood||50||Matthew Fenton||68||Becky Bone||57||99||338|
|Holmans Hoodlums||Mark Robbins||56||Rory Mackinnon||50||Darren Watkinson||78||Gareth Hanvey||44||99||327|
|The Hos-Shots||Adrian Mays||73||Chris Woods||58||Rob White||54||Karl Roots||46||95||326|
|Regeneration Raiders||Ben Williams||60||Toby Conroy||71||Subomi Fapohunda||51||Steve Forster||47||94||323|
|Ridgway Renegades||Tim Jones||62||Stuart Jones||56||Stuart Greenshields||57||Paul Hooper||53||93||321|
|Almacantar Academicals||Geoff Taylor||74||James Waite||55||Gavin Sinnott||48||Ray||45||98||320|
|Team Blue||Rory Smyth||44||Frederick Cook||59||Ryan Downs||69||Tony Marshall||51||96||319|
|Clay Preservation Society||David Atherton||42||James Creevy||53||James Caddick||62||Louis Furner||58||96||311|
|No Hit Sherlock||Gary Mold||54||Nick Bloxham||44||Joe Patterson||57||Michael Colmer||49||94||298|
|Pigeon Protection Posse||William Key||52||Jackson Gatley||55||George Tincknell||36||Avi Rosenfield||33||94||270|
|New Era Bandito’s||James Hunt||44||Steve Newman||47||Stefan Olen||40||Patrick Shinners||48||90||269|