Berkeley Castle was once again host to The Nelson Trust Clay Shoot and Black Tie Dinner on Friday 10 May 2019. A key event in supporters’ social calendar, the day raised an amazing £64,000 to help The Nelson Trust bring belief, hope and long-term recovery to the lives of those in rehabilitation from addiction and women with multiple and complex needs in the community.
Thanks to the generous invitation of Charles Berkeley, the current High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, the ancient Deer Park provided a perfect setting and a great challenge for all the teams.
Charles said: “I am so proud to be involved with The Nelson Trust and that I am able to let the Castle and Deer Park support the shoot and dinner. This event continues to go from strength to strength and helps raise much-needed funds for many in need. There were more teams at the shoot this year than before, and the dinner and auction in Berkeley is always a highlight. We raised an amazing £64,000 this year but we could not host this event without the support of the fundraising committee, the staff at the Trust and volunteers on the day.”
The Clay Shoot was attended by 113 people in 29 teams. There was five clay shooting stands plus the famous Gnat stand, with some fun additions and a McNab to remember. The Compton Castle team from Somerset won the Richard Lister Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy. You can see the final scores here: Score on the doors
The Hub Bistro Café, based in Gloucester, cooked a delicious BBQ of venison burgers provided by the Berkeley Estate and served refreshments at the end of the shoot. The Hub Bistro is a social enterprise solely run by those in recovery. Guests had a great chance to see how the work of The Nelson Trust makes a real difference.
The Black Tie Dinner was served in the historic Great Hall at Berkeley Castle, a very special experience. Guests were then able to bid on 16 exciting auction lots generously donated to the Trust for the event. They included a week in an alpine chalet and a day’s shooting on the Badminton Estate. Moore Allen & Innocent once again lent their fabulous auctioneer Philip Allwood to the event.
Guests also bid liberally on the Philanthropic Lot, the proceeds of which go directly to helping clients of The Nelson Trust, along with the thousands of pounds raised throughout the day. The success of the event is down to the generosity of the supporters and incredible hard work by the Gloucestershire Fundraising Committee, with the event led from the front by the brilliant Jeremy Hill from Vinotopia.
The Nelson Trust Chair of Trustees, Dame Janet Trotter, spoke passionately about the work of the Trust as the guest speaker.
Dame Janet said: “Drug addiction impacts on all levels and areas of society. It affects individuals, the families who love them and society generally. By journeying with the individuals who are affected, the Trust helps to transform lives. The Nelson Trust now has bases in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Swindon and is developing further outreach programmes. This very successful day, run by our volunteers, is important in providing crucial services for our many clients who are in need of help when in dark and difficult places.’
The next event in The Nelson Trust fundraising calendar is a garden viewing at Foxley Manor on Sunday 2nd June.