Raisthorpe Flyers, based at the picturesque 1-000 acre estate, Raisthorpe Manor in Thixendale is celebrating after raising a staggering £50,000, at its recent charity shoot day in aid of the Soldiers’ Charity ABF.

The charity shoot day was back by popular demand, following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which also raised over £50,000 for the worthwhile charity – however this year’s event went with a bang and was an even bigger and better rural-affair!

21 teams gathered for an exhilarating morning of simulated-shooting amongst the spectacular scenery of the estate’s grounds; recently discovered to be the subject of a Hockney landscape painting. On the day, teams shot six drives before enjoying a champagne reception followed by a meal in the luxurious shooting lodge. A charity auction was also held to raise money for the Soldiers’ Charity, including lot items such as VIP hospitality at the British Touring Car Championships, a five star London theatre break for two and for the more adventurous, a VIP tandem jump with the Red Devils.

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, Raisthorpe Manor is an unlikely location for such a bustling enterprise. Not only is the estate home to Raisthorpe Flyers, the popular simulated-shooting experience, but Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods was established four years ago by Julia Medforth as an accompaniment to the business, providing homemade raspberry gin for guests at elevenses.
The popularity of the drink grew and Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods was established creating award-winning homemade gins, liqueurs and preserves out of the farmhouse kitchen, using fruits foraged from the estate’s grounds, made to traditional family recipes.

Life-long shooting enthusiast, David Medforth who established Raisthorpe Flyers’ said of the event: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our second charity shoot day, and we’re delighted to have matched last year’s incredible total, which really is a substantial amount for the Soldiers’ Charity.

“The teams were great sports and all had an enjoyable day, while raising money for this worthwhile charity ““ we’re already looking ahead to next year’s event!”

Special guests on the day included Sir Thomas Ingilby and Lady Ingilby of Ripley Castle and LT Col CM Vaudin along with a party of soliders who assisted in the smooth running of the event.

Raisthorpe Manor’s charity of choice, The Soldiers’ Charity was established 66 years ago to offer lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families by providing financial assistance when they are in real need.