More than 1,500 cups of tea made by BASC staff on their stand at the Newark show raised £1,051 for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust, an organisation that provides financial assistance to gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and their families, during times of hardship, ill health or retirement. The money raised by the BASC brews will go towards a new fund, to be launched this year, aimed at helping people cover general expenses.
A cheque for £1,051 was presented to representatives of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust at the BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
Walter Cole, a trustee of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust and a member of BASC’s game shooting and gamekeeping committee, said: “This donation was very important to us because this money has been raised from shooters and gamekeepers and it will go to gamekeepers. Any sum of money is important whether it is £10 or £10,000. It will have a large impact. A small amount of money can make a huge difference.”
Helen Benson from Gamekeeper’s Welfare Trust said: “The grants will go to people who have depended on their livelihood of gamekeeping or their dependents. They can use the money to meet their most pressing needs. It could go towards groceries, hospital expenses, paying for a new pair of glasses – whatever they need. The only criteria is that their household income is below a certain level and they must have been in gamekeeping for a considerable period of time.”