On Friday 27 April Brainwave held its 3rd annual Cowdray House Clay Shoot in West Sussex.  This year we were honoured to be joined by HRH The Countess of Wessex GVCO, to help mark 15 years as our President, and Lord Cowdray.

In the days leading up to the Shoot, the weather didn’t look too promising with torrential rain forecast for the entire day, which brought about a panic buy of golf brollies just in case! However, come the morning of the Shoot our prayers were answered and there was barely a speck of rain. 

After a welcome breakfast of freshly served bacon rolls and croissants, all guests (both novice and accomplished) enjoyed a day of exceptional shooting with Hownhall Shooting, including 60 targets across 10 stands, plus a Pump Action Challenge stand, Team Flush and Pool Shoot.  After a quick change of clothes, guests were greeted with a Champagne Reception, Canapes and took part in our shooting themed raffle.

The Countess of Wessex and our guests were then treated to an exquisite 2-course lunch by Jacaranda Catering in the impressive Buck Hall situated at the heart of Cowdray House. Highlighting the importance of the event, Alison and Simon Marlow, shared their emotional story of their 7 year old son Theo, who developed severe epilepsy in infancy resulting in a range of learning and physical disabilities. Alison explained that thanks to Brainwave’s intervention, in only six months, Theo was able to walk; a skill that was previously not thought possible.     

The day ended with a fundraising auction, hosted by TV presenter and horse racing commentator, Mike Cattermole. The exclusive prizes included a week’s stay in a luxury picturesque hilltop villa in Italy and a bespoke tailored gentleman’s suit at the English Cut on Savile Row.

With the help of our principal sponsors; the Tracey family, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Aon, additional sponsors and our guests, the event raised a phenomenal £90,000!  We’d like to thank everyone who made the event such a success.  We’d also like thank Brainwave’s outgoing Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Karen Betancourt-Jess, for organising the event and making sure her last event went out with a bang! We wish her every success with her retirement.

Plans are already in motion for the 2019 event, we hope to see many returning friendly faces.  If you’d like to know more information about next year’s 2019 Cowdray House Clay Shoot then please contact Rhodri Davies on [email protected]inwave.org.uk

Photo credits: Ben Wright Photography