Clay pigeon shoot raises thousands

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Regulars at a pub in Burton Salmon helped raise more than £13,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) when they took part in a charity clay pigeon shoot.

Melanie Hirst and her husband Dave, managers of the Plough Inn, host a shoot every year.

This year’s event, on September 8, raised £13,842 for the charity.

Mrs Hirst said: “We are over the moon with the total raised this year, it’s fantastic.

“We must try to beat it next year.”

The shoot was run in conjunction with staff at Crossroads Truck and Bus Normanton depot.

The charity was chosen after two employees at the Normanton firm received treatment from the YAA and their colleague Andrew Whittaker’s friend received life-saving treatment.

Simon Hothersall, depot manager at the Normanton site, said: “The clay pigeon shoot was fantastic.

“It was a fun event and we are very proud to be able to support such a fantastic cause.”

The firm agreed to match any funds raised from the event.

The money was handed over when staff from Crossroads and the pub were given a tour of the YAA support unit at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance costs around £9,990 per day to keep both of its aircraft maintained and operational.

For more information visit www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk