A CLAY pigeon shoot that has raised almost £200,000 for charity returns this summer after a two-year break.

The Barden Charity Clay Shoot, previously named the Azerley Charity Clay Shoot, is back again this year after a Covid-enforced break and will be held at its new location in Barden, near Leyburn.

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The event, on Sunday July 17 will again raise money for the Yorkshire-based charity, Support Dogs.

Since the shoot started in 2008, it has raised £192,600 for various children’s charities including The Sick Children’s Trust, Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group, The Child Development Centre at Harrogate Hospital and, for the past six years, Support Dogs.

Support Dogs is a national charity based in Sheffield that provides and trains assistance dogs for children and adults with autism, epilepsy and a variety of serious medical conditions and disabilities.

Molly Birch of Barden is the daughter of the shoot’s chairman Kevin and has first-hand experience of how vital a Support Dog can be.

She has cerebral palsy and has experienced a life-changing difference to her independence since having Chess, her disability assistance dog.

The Northern Echo: The clay pigeon shoot in Barden, Leyburn, will raise funds for Support Dogs which provided labrador Chess to Molly Birch, 13The clay pigeon shoot in Barden, Leyburn, will raise funds for Support Dogs which provided labrador Chess to Molly Birch, 13

Molly, 13, is now able to move around more independently and safely both in and out of the house with the help of Labrador Chess.

Dad Kevin said: “We are so pleased to be back with our charity shoot this year.

“Support Dogs is an incredible charity who have helped my family so much, and we are thrilled to be back raising funds for them again this year.

“We’re excited to be in our new location of Barden, near Leyburn and bring back a great day of shooting, fundraising and socialising that our supporters enjoy each year.”

The shoot is based on a team of four and covers simulated game flushes totalling 480 targets over six stands.

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All participants must be shotgun certificate holders and over 16-years-old.

Breakfast will be served until midday followed by bacon baps, burgers, hot dogs, a licensed bar, teas and coffees.

Alongside the main shoot, there will be a Pool Shoot and BASC Simulator.

Entries for the shoot close on May 31 unless the maximum number of teams is reached before the closing date.

To enter the shoot, visit bardenclayshoot.co.uk/Entries where you will find all options for how to enter.


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