Successful launch of Charley Mill charity shoot

More than 50 businesses from across the region have pledged their support to help raise vital funds for two children’s charities with the launch of this year’s Charley Mill Charity Shoot.

The launch event, which took place earlier this month attracted support from a range of businesses and members of the public who turned out to see what the committee had planned for 2010.

Charley Mill
The Charley Mill Charity Shoot started out with a group of friends who had a common interest in Clay Pigeon Shooting and who decided one afternoon over a beer to raise funds to replace the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People’s minibus with a state of the art coach.

Six years on and the organisation has raised more than £130,000 for Rainbows and the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) through a variety of charity events.

This year the aim is to raise even more with a range of events planned including a number of clay pigeon shoot and also a charity ball set to take place in September.

The launch event, which took place at the Donington Manor Hotel, saw attendance from the CEO of CHECT and also representatives from Rainbows including families who spoke movingly about their experience of visiting the Hospice in Loughborough.

During the event there was also a cheque presentation of £135,348.00 to Rainbows and CHECT of the money raised to date.

Speaking about the charity initiative, Michael Massarella, who owns Charley Mill Farm at Copt Oak, said: “Since my wife Margaret and I offered our home for this charity initiative we have seen it go from strength to strength.

“We have found more businesses lending their support by participating or sponsoring some of our outgoings, which has made a huge difference.

“The launch event was a huge success and we now look forward to another fruitful year ahead.”

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