Royal Visit

Countess of Wessex visits Cowdray for charity clay shoot event.

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO attended a clay shoot on Friday 27th April 2018 held on the Cowdray Estate in the heart of the South Downs National Park, West Sussex to raise money for the children’s charity Brainwave.

As President of Brainwave, the Countess of Wessex was guest of honour at the event, which took place for the third consecutive year at Cowdray House, an exclusive events venue at the heart of the Cowdray Estate.

Brainwave is a charity that supports children with disabilities and provides bespoke therapy to improve the child’s quality of life by increasing their mobility, communication skills and learning abilities. The charity is currently supporting 640 children across the UK.

The Countess of Wessex was met by Lord Cowdray and Jonathan Russell, Cowdray CEO, and Phil Edge, Brainwave CEO, for a day which comprised of shooting, fine dining in the impressive Buck Hall at the heart of Cowdray House and an auction to raise funds for the charity.

Jonathan Russell, Cowdray’s CEO, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to Cowdray on Friday in support of the children’s charity Brainwave.

“As President of Brainwave, she took a keen interest in everything that was happening during the day to raise funds for the charity. Thank you to Brainwave, who have repeatedly chosen to hold their event at Cowdray. The grounds of Cowdray House made an impressive backdrop for the clay shoot.”

Phil Edge, Brainwave CEO, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Countess of Wessex for taking the time in her busy schedule to join us for the 2018 Charity Clay Shoot held at Cowdray House.

“It was a pleasure to talk to her about the work that Brainwave is doing with children across the country, and to tell her about the enormous difference that the therapies we provide can make to their lives. Thank you to our sponsors law firm Irwin Mitchell, risk management firm Aon UK Limited and specialist healthcare provide Arkle Associates.

“Not only did everyone have an enjoyable day but we also succeeded in raising a substantial sum of money for Brainwave. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to ensure the day ran smoothly.”

Brainwave was established in 1982 and has three centres around the UK plus satellite clinics. At these centres, their teams of physiotherapists, occupational and speech and language therapists see the families and design bespoke programmes of exercises enabling children to reach set goals. The parents are then able to implement the programme at home.

The shoot at Friday’s event was run by Cowdray-based Hownhall Shooting and comprised of an exciting cross-section of sporting targets catering for everyone from the novice to the more accomplished shot. Breakfast, a champagne and canapé reception and gourmet lunch were provided by Midhurst-based Jacaranda.


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