Abbeystead Shoot raises £53,000 for charity

Samuelson Wylie's annual charity event, The Abbeystead Shoot – Powered by Bentley, has helped raise more than £53,000 local and national causes. It was held on the Duke of Westminster’s estate near Lancaster on June 6 and attracted teams from across the country, each competing to win a host of exclusive prizes including a holiday in Barbados.

As well as having the opportunity to shoot on one of the country’s most picturesque estates, the 275 guests were treated to a display of more than 20 Bentleys, courtesy of title sponsors Bentley Motors.

The shoot, which is organised each year by Lancaster-based PR and events agency Samuelson Wylie Associates, raised £51,575 for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity as well as a further £1,400 for local causes thanks to an auction of luxury items and experiences that included a brand new Bentley for the weekend, artwork by Rodger McPhail and VIP tickets to royal events.

The star prize – donated by Longthorne Guns – was won by His Grace, the Duke of Westminster, who bid £20,000 for a bespoke sidelock shotgun to be made to his specific requirements.

Longthorne’s founder, James Longthorne Stewart, said: “There was a great deal of interest during the auction and we were thrilled when the duke was the winning bidder. As one of the best shots in the country, it’s a fantastic endorsement for us and we’re very much looking forward to working with him to create something very special. More importantly, the day raised a tremendous amount for The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Col. Philip Naylor OBE, North West Regional Director of The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “Demand on The Soldiers’ Charity has never been higher and we are seeing a year on year rise in applications for support. The Abbeystead Shoot is an incredible event that seems to grow and get better every year. The money that it and events like it raise is crucial to our survival and makes a huge difference to the lives of many serving, injured and retired soldiers and their families.”

The top scoring man on the day was Simon Coakley from Longton, while the top scoring woman was Vicky Oyston, from near Clitheroe.

For information about next year’s event please telephone the organisers, Samuelson Wylie Associates, on 01524 590610.


The Abbeystead Shoot

Each spring we host a glamorous clay shoot on the Duke of Westminster’s private estate in Lancashire, in aid of ABF, The Soldier’s Charity. 

In 2014, this exclusive invitation-only event raised in excess of £35,000, will be repeated in 2015 when teams of four guns – and their guests – compete for an array of luxury and money-can’t-buy prizes. 

Powered by Bentley, and in partnership with Longthorne Guns and Banks Lyon Jewellers, the event is a rare opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular shoots in the UK and culminates with a champagne reception and four-course lunch.

This is the first year the English gunmaker has attended the event, and it is generously donating one of its exquisite, handmade shotguns to the auction. Guests will also have the opportunity to try out one of Longthorne’s shotguns, which are made with the precision and accuracy of a Swiss watch, but with all the artistic flair and craftsmanship of traditional English gunmaking, and manufactured to fire Magnum steel cartridges. 

To register your interest in attending, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please email ellie@samuelsonwylie.com or telephone the Lancaster office on +44 (0) 1524 590 610.