Having a barrel of laughs

The first lady of musical theatre, Elaine Paige OBE hosted a clay pigeon shoot raising more than £20,000 for The Children’s Trust. As the sun shone, Elaine and her guests enjoyed the shoot on 10 June at Holland & Holland Shooting Ground. It is the fifth shoot Elaine has held for The Children’s Trust, of which she is vice president. She said: “I want to say a big thank you to all the teams, individuals and companies, in particular Alison Nicol, Director of The Magic Touch (GB) Ltd who supported me at my Fifth charity Clay Pigeon Shoot. “We had a lot of fun and the sun shone – I can’t say our team won but I must say it was great for me to get some coaching along the way from my team member Olympic Skeet coach and former GB Shooting team member Paul Bentley, thanks Paul! Thanks also to my pal Bernie Cribbins for joining us, as well as Rugby legend David Sole and MC/Auctioneer for the day, TV presenter Adrian Mills.” Following the shoot teams enjoyed a sumptuous lunch and auction. Guests also heard a speech from Alfie Russell, who received rehabilitation for a brain injury at The Children’s Trust when he was a child. Graham Norton, Sir Tim Rice, Paul O’Grady and Phil Tufnell were among those who supported the event by donating prizes and auction items.

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