The first Northern Big Shots event has been hailed a great success, raising more than £12,000 for the furnishing industry’s charity, The Furniture Makers’ Company.

More than 70 industry stalwarts took part – many of them shooting for the first time – with teams entered by AKA PR, Barker & Stonehouse, Bensons for Beds, Breasley, British Vita, DFS, Furniture Village, Panaz, Peroda, Silentnight, Sweet Dreams and Whyte & Ivory.

Additional sponsorship for the event and auction prizes came from AKA PR, Bensons for Beds, John Cotton, Furniture Village, Harrison Spinks, HSBC, Landrover, Panaz,  the Coniston Hotel and Shooting Ground and Silentnight.

The winners were:
Top Team: Breasley Bandits No 1 (Darren Crowshaw, Steve Kelly, Stuart Hibbert)
Top Gun – male: Steve Kelly (Mattress Online), Breasley Bandits No 1 team
Top Gun – female: Claire Harrison (Beds on Legs), Breasley Bandits No 2 team)
Elite Team: Malmo Guns
Flurry Winner: Pleasant Duckers – James England, Graham Holden, Andy Rich, Dave Willis
Pool winner: Bryan Prest (Malmo Guns)
Best Experienced Shot – male: Nick Dean (Malmo Guns )
Best Intermediate Shot – male: John Kersey (Presidents’ Pellets, Panaz team)
Best Novice shot – male: Mark Tuley (Eats, Shoots & Sleeps, Silentnight team)
Best Novice Shot – female: Jan Turner, AKA PR
Wooden Spoon: Anne Collins (Whyte & Ivory)

The event was the first to be organised by the newly formed Northern Region Fund Raising Committee, chaired by Karen Fairhurst of Panaz and supported by the Furniture Makers’ Company north-west fundraising coordinator, Louise Hicks.

Co-organiser Victor Giannandrea says: “It was a fantastic day. The sun shone, the location and venue were fabulous, the instructors patient and helpful, the food great. Everyone had a fabulous time and best of all we raised a fantastic sum of money for the charity. This event was all about tapping into support from northern- based manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in our industry who can’t always support events held in London and the south. And it’s great to see that’s what happened.”

Next up for the Northern Region is the Northern Golf Day on 16th May at Preston Golf Club.