The Raisthorpe Flyers, based at the Raisthorpe Manor estate in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds; one of the largest simulated shooting estates in the country, smashed the clay pigeons and their charity target by helping to raise a whopping £239,000 for three national charities in May and June.

The Yorkshire Charity Clay Days held at Bolton Hall, Leyburn, in May ““ where Raisthorpe Flyers ran the shooting line up ““ were organised by Richard Jackson and raised 150,000 for The British Heart Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, while the Raisthorpe Flyers’ annual ABF Charity Shoot in June, attended by special guest and Olympic gold medalist Peter Wilson, raised £89,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Raisthorpe Manor ““ already well known for its fruit-filled liqueurs and fine foods ““ has seen its popularity as a shooting estate soar over the last few years, with bookings already being taken for next summer. David Medforth, who owns the estate with wife Julia, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to help raise so much money for these worthy causes; it’s been a spectacularly generous spring! These simulated shooting days have proved increasingly popular as they’re great practice for out of season game shoots, and it’s wonderful to be raising money for charity and having fun at the same time!”