A COUNTRY shoot hit a £7,500 target in its effort to raise cash to cover the cost of medical emergencies.
The Lambton Estate, near Burnmoor, which provided the backdrop for axed BBC drama The Paradise, raised £7,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance through its latest Lambton Team Shoot.
The castle and estate, owned by the famous Lambton family and the Earl of Durham, was open to the public in the 1970s as a lion park, but since the attraction closed in 1980, film shoots, pheasant shoots, weddings, parties, concerts and educational school visits have taken place in its grounds.
The latest shoot was the annual clay pigeon shoot, where 200 UK teams competed over three days.
This year, the winners from the previous two years, Staffordshire Game Farm, threw down a challenge and offered to give £500 to the winning them. If they won for a third time, they would donate £500 to the Great North Air Ambulance, with the charity collecting the cash after the group scooped first place.
The estate’s events manager, Bob Duff, said: “We were particularly delighted to be able to donate a cheque for £7,500 to our local charity, the Great North Air Ambulance and we were also able to donate £4,500 to the British Red Cross Typhoon Appeal.
“Both are extremely worthy causes.” The next event on the estate will be the Lambton Run in aid of the Foundation of Light.
A 10k run and 3k run will take place on Sunday, June 29, with more information available via safc.com.