Finders Keepers Air Ambulance Charity Shoot
The inaugural Finders Keepers charity shoot was held on Saturday 24th September in aid of Berks, Oxon and Bucks Air Ambulance. The event was held at Edgehill Shooting Ground near Banbury, run by Tim Spencer and supported by his experienced team of instructors.
Paul Rushworth, a Director of Finders Keepers, who organised the event commented : “We had a target to raise at least £500 for our nominated charity of the year and for those who hadn’t shot before, it was a fun and safe way to try it out for the first time in our ‘have a go’ category whilst raising money for this worthwhile cause. For the more experienced shooters, there was a challenging 25-target sporting layout which was run by Charles Saunders and John Whitworth.
We had over 60 people attend the event and as a result of everyone’s effort (and the good weather) we smashed our target and raised over £800 for the Air Ambulance charity.
Ros and Emma Herbert of Ros Herbert Catering provided a hearty breakfast and lunch with fantastic food to keep everyone well fed and Emma and Ros generously gave all the proceeds raised on the day to the Air Ambulance charity.
The Finders Keepers ‘have go’ trophy was won by Natalie Kensett who was using a 20 bore shotgun and who showed a natural ability. The main competition shoot was won by Simon Rowe who scored an excellent 22/25. Simon collected the Shooting voucher kindly donated by Banbury Gun shop, along with a bottle of Champagne and the ‘High Gun trophy’ kindly donated by Finders Keepers. 2nd place went to Robert Edgington who scored 18/25 and who walked away with the Finders Keepers ‘Runners Up Trophy’ and a bottle of Pimms.
The Air Ambulance is operated in daylight hours seven days a week, 365 days a year and carries a full range of life saving equipment and two fully qualified paramedics who are supported by a small team of dedicated doctors. The Air Ambulance is a critical part of the Emergency Services providing cover to difficult access areas such as farmland or golf courses, providing direct assistance where there is no road access or where speed is paramount. The Air Ambulance also has the ability to fly in to the location direct at speeds of up to 150 mph and straight over any traffic congestion. This allows the Air Ambulance to make full use of the Golden Hour – a term often used in emergency medicine to denote the vital period immediately after an accident or the onset of an acute illness. Patient survival rates are improved if treatment is provided within this ‘Golden Hour’ and the Air Ambulance has the ability to provide the speed and treatment that can make all the difference. Patients are flown directly in to the most appropriate Accident & Emergency, trauma unit or specialist treatment department.
But did you know that no funding is received from central government or the National lottery and it means that every penny needed to run the Air Ambulance is from money raised by the community and businesses? If you would like to donate then please visit their website here or there are Air Ambulance charity boxes in all Finders Keepers Offices.