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Liverymen shooters hit the target for RAF Benevolent Fund

A shooting event at Bisley went with a bang as 50 Liverymen from the City of London Livery companies competed for team prizes and individual trophies in a range of classes.

Sharp shooters took on five different disciplines in the historic setting of the Bisley Camp ranges:  1,000m target rifle, 300m McQueen, black powder pistol and two .22 rimfire turning targets.

Bisley Shooty winners 2015Bisley Shoot winners, from left, Richard Black, Derek Stimpson (captain), RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Chris Nickols and David Cooper

The event was organised in partnership with the RAF Target Rifle Club, which provided coaches for the participants, and included teams of Ironmongers, Clothworkers, Loriners, Art Scholars, Bakers, Gunmakers, Launderers, Builders Merchants, Carmen, Barber-Surgeons, Coopers, Horners, and Tallow Chandlers.

The event, now in its second year, more than doubled its previous donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund, and has now raised almost £15,000 for the charity.

RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Chris Nickols presented prizes to the trophy winners including Derek Stimpson, David Cooper and Richard Black who made up the Gunmakers team and were the overall winners.

He said: "The Bisley Shoot is a fantastic event which combines a love of target shooting with support for our Charity. Fundraisers like this are essential for the Benevolent Fund to be able to continue our work supporting every member of the RAF family in their time of need."

Colin Sach, the liveryman organising the event, said: "The main purpose of the day is for liverymen to meet and have a great competition at the unique location of Bisley and experiencing a number of rifle shooting disciplines. However by working with the RAF Target Rifle Club and the RAF Benevolent Fund, it has been possible to raise in only its second year a total of nearly £15,000 for the charity, which is very gratifying.

"A huge thanks needs to go to Chris Hockley and his team at the RAF TRC for organising the shooting and managing the day. We are sure that the event is well on the way to being a regular livery event."

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