The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) Educational Trust has dubbed Barry Atkinson of Spider’s Appeal “a rural hero” on reaching a landmark of 1,000 days’ beating on different driven shoots across the UK since 1 September 2003. The milestone was reached at Birch Grove Estate, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex on 10 January.

Spider’s Appeal has so far raised almost £400,000 for charity through collections at shoots Barry visited.

The rest of this article appears in the 16th January issue of Shooting Times.

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The donations have been divided equally between Cancer Research UK and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Educational Trust. Spider’s Appeal takes its name from Barry Atkinson’s springer spaniel, which accompanied him on his first fund-raising beating day at Rothwell, Lincolnshire nearly 10 years ago. Since then Barry has been accompanied by four different dogs.