SHOOT FOR CHARITY: Sunseeker London charity initiative supported three clay pigeon charity shoots during May

Sunseeker London is delighted to report on its participation in three clay pigeon charity shoots during the month of May. The three separate shoots raised funds and awareness for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, DEBRA and PAH Breast Cancer Charity Trials Charity.

Friday 6th May – The Starlight Shooting Challenge at Highclere Castle

Sunseeker London Director David Lewis invited clients to shoot in the glorious grounds of Highclere Castle in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Starlight Shooting Challenge is one of the main events of its kind for the foundation, from which it hopes to raise funds to help grant wishes for seriously and terminally ill children in hospitals and hospices through the UK.

Nestled within the 7,000 acres of the magnificent estate that is now synonymous with Downton Abbey, guests at the Starlight Shooting Challenge could enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Highclere castle

Nestled within the 7,000 acres of the magnificent estate that is now synonymous with Downton Abbey, guests at the Starlight Shooting Challenge could enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Highclere castle

Guests arrived during the morning to commence the day with a breakfast in the Great Dining Room of Highclere Castle. Following the breakfast, the participants departed to commence the clay pigeon shoot spanning over 5 drives, including drive number 5 which was the ‘Sunseeker’ drive!

Drive number 5 was the Sunseeker drive offering information about Sunseeker products as well as well-deserved refreshments and snacks for the participants on what was a very hot and sunny day!

Drive number 5 was the Sunseeker drive offering information about Sunseeker products as well as well-deserved refreshments and snacks for the participants on what was a very hot and sunny day!

After finishing the 5 drives, lunch was served in Highclere’s Library famous from many scenes of the Downton family in the Downton Abbey TV series. Speeches were made and following the lunch the charity auction began.

The Sunseeker 95 Yacht model in prime position at Highclere castle

The Sunseeker 95 Yacht model in prime position at Highclere castle

Neil Swan, CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation comments: “A fabulous day was had by all that attended the annual Starlight shoot on the stunning grounds of Highclere. We had lovely weather while shooting at some very difficult drives, including the Sunseeker sponsored drive. Lots of fun was had and thanks to our amazingly generous guests Starlight raised over £300,000 to help seriously and terminally ill children.”

For more information on this incredibly compassionate charity, visit the Starlight Children’s Foundation website here.


Thursday 12th May – The DEBRA City Sporting Challenge at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School

Andrew Colville, Senior Event Manager at the national DEBRA charity, reports on the very successful DEBRA City Sporting Challenge, where 18 teams competed on May 12th at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS).

DEBRA Shooting Society reports that the shoot, which was the 6th annual DEBRA City Sporting Challenge managed to raise over £75,000 for the DEBRA charity.

The DEBRA event was aided by excellent weather and great organization by all the staff at RBSS

The DEBRA event was aided by excellent weather and great organization by all the staff at RBSS. Photo credit: Nick Robb

Key sponsors of the event were Sunseeker LondonAardvark Safaris, Adrian Barrows The Bespoke Tailor, Cliveden House, Constance Hotels and ResortsHolland & Holland, JM Asscher Diamond Jewellery, Montfort Communications, James Purdey and Sons and Stratstone of Mayfair.
Dylan Williams, founder of The Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS) and Katie Absalom hosted the event at RBSS. Photographs of the event were taken by Nick Robb, www.nickrobbphotography.co.uk

Beretta Gallery kindly organised a Beretta stand and also donated a shotgun for DEBRA to raffle. 140 raffle tickets were sold, raising £7,000 for DEBRA.

Beretta Gallery kindly organised a Beretta stand and also donated a shotgun for DEBRA to raffle. 140 raffle tickets were sold, raising £7,000 for DEBRA. Photo credit: Nick Robb

The City Sporting Challenge is a major event in DEBRA’s fundraising calendar established with the key support of Sunseeker London and its Managing Director David Lewis. Over the past six years the event has raised over £400,000 for DEBRA.

Andrew Colville, Senior Event Manager at the DEBRA charity comments: “The DEBRA Shooting Society supporters have helped the charity hugely through the £75,000 raised by the City Sporting Challenge. In the charity auction we were particularly aided by generous donated auction items, including two from Sunseeker London, and vigorous bidding from many sources. It was a wonderful shooting event which considerably raised awareness of DEBRA and raised vital funds too.”

The charity DEBRA hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year to fund pioneering research to find effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for the very painful genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). It also provides an enhanced specialist EB Nursing Service in partnership with the NHS and provides social care support to families affected by EB. For more information about DEBRA, please visit www.debra.org.uk.


Friday 13th May – The PAH Breast Cancer Charity Trials ‘Shoot out breast Cancer’ clay pigeon shoot at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School

Sunseeker London were delighted to support the PAH Breast Cancer Charity Trials Charity at the recent ‘Shoot Out Breast Cancer’ Clay Pigeon Shooting at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School.

130 Guests were treated to the upmost level of hospitality and enjoyed a full day of Clay shooting in the lush surroundings of West Berkshire. Dylan and the team at the RBSS are the most fantastic hosts and the Sunseeker London Group is proud to have hosted over 20 shoots at the grounds over the past 10 years.

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Sunseeker Flags waving in the breeze at the RBSS

Head sponsor of the days’ event was Mayer Brown who offer the very top Global Legal Services across a huge range of fields and they were delighted to be attending with 2 teams of eager guns.

Brand Partner James Purdey and Sons were on hand with their very own trap and brought a selection of their finest guns for guests to have a go with.

Porsche Mayfair were also delighted to support this worthwhile cause and were in attendance with a selection of models including the new Boxster S, the Cayman, a Macan S, a Cayenne S-Diesel, a Panamera Turbo S and a 911 Carrera 4.

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Porsche Mayfair present a selection of cars to the guests and friends that attended on this sunny day

The entire day helped to raise over £55,000 including the highest fetching auction lot of an evening of exquisite music with So-Ock Kim, generously donated by the world famous musician herself. So-Ock Kim even encouraged the bidders with a rousing tune which certainly pushed up the figure to £12,000. Other high-fetching auction items included 2 VIP tickets to the Goodwood festival of speed, a Private Box at Wembley Stadium to watch the  NFL for 12,‘Past Reflections’ by Elizabeth Armstrong. Bidders could also win a 3 nights complimentary stay for two at Greece’s much loved five-star resort Sani Resort, coupled with airport transfers.

Awarded by TripAdvisor as one of the “Top 5 Hotels for Families in the world” for 2015, Sani Resort promises a five star experience for all the family with its exclusive beaches and mild golden sands, enticing spas and impressive restaurants.

Awarded by TripAdvisor as one of the “Top 5 Hotels for Families in the world” for 2015, Sani Resort promises a five star experience for all the family with its exclusive beaches and mild golden sands, enticing spas and impressive restaurants.

There was also a prize giving for the Top Guns and ever popular ‘Clay Conservation Prize’ for those who may need a little more practise for next year.

For more information on the amazing work that the Princess Alexandra Breast Cancer Clinical Trials carries out, please visit http://pahbreasttrials.org.uk.

For more information on shooting events with Sunseeker London, please contact events@sunseekerlondon.com

Sunseeker London | 34-36 Davies Street | Mayfair | London | W1K 4NF | +44 (0) 207 355 0980 |

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