Barden Charity Clay Shoot returns for 15th event

Barden Charity Clay Shoot returns in July for its 15th event raising money once again for Support Dogs UK.

The Barden Charity Clay Shoot, previously named the Azerley Charity Clay Shoot, is back again this year at Barden, near Leyburn.

Molly Birch, daughter of the shoot’s chairman Kevin, has cerebral palsy and has experienced a life-changing difference to her independence since having Chess, her disability assistance dog.

Molly has always been involved in the shoot in some way but this year she is now an official member of the shoot committee.

Molly’s mum Emma said: “When Molly got her wonderful support dog Chess, it was an instant connection with Chess immediately helping Molly, making difficult day-to-day life much easier and enabling Molly to have a lot more independence, which as a teenager is hugely important, both physically and emotionally.

“Anyone who knows Molly and the family knows just how much she loves Chess and how much he helps her and that is why the committee of the shoot choose to fundraise for Support Dogs UK again and again.”

Founded and based in Yorkshire, Support Dogs UK is a small, innovative charity dedicated to transforming the independence and quality of the lives of children and adults affected by some of the most challenging medical conditions.

It trains specialist assistance dogs to achieve this. The charity runs three programmes; Epilepsy seizure alert dogs, Disability assistance dogs and Autism Assistance Dogs.

Having raised a total of £257,000 for charities since the event began back in 2008, the committee hope to have another successful this year and match the £23,000 raised in 2023.

The shoot will take place on July 7 in Barden.

The shoot is based on a team of four and covers simulated game flushes totalling 500 targets over six stands.

It costs £500 per team of four.

Cash prizes of £600, £400 and £200 are given to the top 3 teams and while this is an open competition, there is a prize for the highest placed ladies team.

With breakfast being served until midday then followed by burgers, sausages, a licensed bar, teas and coffees, the day is sure to be great fun as well as being for a great cause.

Alongside the main shoot, there will be a pool shoot with a £50 cash prize for every 20 competitors, with a raffle and tombola all contributing to the fundraising efforts.

Entries for the shoot are now being accepted.

The day is limited to a maximum of 75 teams so pre-registration is required.

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

To enter the shoot, visit

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