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Charity clay shoot raises almost £4,000 for WHW

A RECENT charity clay pigeon shoot has raises nearly £4000 for World Horse Welfare's Belwade Centre, near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

This was the fifth year in a row that the event has taken place and this year all participants and visitors were able to take advantage of the centre's brand new visitor centre and indoor arena, opened by HRH The Princess Royal, President of World Horse Welfare in late September this year.

The Smart family, with help from Brian and Susan Goodall, Cameron and Yvonne Hay, Steve and Carol Harmson and Ian and Susie Keith, have been running the Belwade Clay pigeon shoot for the last five years in aid of World Horse Welfare. They have successfully raised over £10,000 to date.

"The event is getting bigger and better each year, and is very well supported by the shooting community in the North-east of Scotland, said Audrey Smart a key organiser of the event. "This year for the first time we have bought a quaich which has been engraved with the World Horse Welfare logo and the names of the winners. Once the quaich has been mounted on a plinth, it will be on display at the new Belwade Visitor Centre."

"Many thanks to our generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and everyone who took part on the day," said Belwade's centre manager Eileen Gillen. "This year we successfully raised £3,760, our highest amount yet with all proceeds going to help World Horse Welfare continue working to help horses in need.

The sponsors were R. B. Ross Fabrication, C.F. Jennings Transport, McIntosh Plant Hire (Aberdeen) Ltd, Cameron Hay Joinery Services and Wellvention.