We are proud to announce that today (1 July 2020), the Helen McArdle Wing running costs have been donated by Derwent Valley Shooting Club in loving memory of Mrs Peggy Sharpe.
Today was chosen by Peggy’s son Ian to mark her birthday. Ian is one of the original thirty members of Derwent Valley Shooting Club and after Peggy passed away, he asked the other members if they would organise a competition to raise money for Willow Burn as a thank you for the care his mum received. That competition took place in 1999 and raised just short of £300. Over the subsequent 20 years many of the members have had cause to be grateful to Willow Burn either at their own end of life or their families receiving support with bereavement counselling. As a result, Willow Burn has been the charity for which the club has raised money through the their annual clay shooting competition, which has expanded to be a fun day and now to include an auction of shooting/land based activities, pub and silly games and a buffet lunch. The club has postponed the 2020 event in line with the COVID-19 guidelines but hope to reschedule as soon as they are able.
Over the years individual members have also taken upon themselves to go the extra mile e.g one (very fit) member has run the Great North run for many years. As a result of all of the members’ fundraising, the Derwent Valley Shooting Club has now raised in excess of £50,000 for Willow Burn, a total of which they are rightly proud.
Rachel Todd, Marketing Communications Manager at Willow Burn Hospice said: “On behalf of Team Willow Burn, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of Derwent Valley Shooting Club for their dedication to Willow Burn and their very generous support over the last 20 years. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we haven’t been able to celebrate their contribution as we usually would but we are very much looking forward to marking the Gift of a Day in the near future.”