Shooting challenge at Highclere Castle raises £1.5m

The Floaters - L to R - Bob Battaglia, Haggis Hartman, Dan Reynolds, John Williams

20/06/2011 – The ninth Starlight Shooting Challenge, which was hosted by The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon at their beautiful Berkshire estate, Highclere, last week, brought the total raised over the nine years to a tremendous £1.5m for Starlight Children’s Foundation. 

The guests, including seasoned Starlight supporters hedge fund manager Crispin Odey and this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Nicky Henderson, enjoyed a day of serious sport in stunning surroundings, before participating in the charity auction. 

The overall winning team of the day was John Simpson’s team, The Floaters. Team members were Bob Battaglia, Haggis Hartman, Dan Reynolds and John Williams.

The auction, which included a 300 bird day shoot at Great Bradley on Exmoor, kindly donated by John Simpson, was conducted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Lord (Harry) Dalmeny. During the auction, Ron Randall, of the event’s lead sponsor Blue Waters Hotel in Antigua, secured the much sought after lot of a walk-on part in the next series of hit TV series Downton Abbey

With the funds raised, Starlight will be able to grant the once-in-a-lifetime wishes of seriously and terminally ill children and bring fun and laughter to over half a million poorly children in wards across the country with its programme of hospital and hospice entertainment.


Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231

Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.