As hosts of the now well-established Annual Air Ambulance FITA 70m event, West Essex Bowmen’s ever growing junior membership, wanted an opportunity to play their own part in raising funds for charity.

WEB Juniors representative Georgia Plummer came up with the initial idea and after some research chose ‘Help Freddy Walk Tall’ a charity raising funds for 4year Old Freddy Hazelwood.

Suffering from Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy Freddy’s family is working hard to raise £80,000 for an operation in the USA, which will enable Freddy to walk unaided.

Saturday 21st June saw the inaugural Junior Charity Shoot on a gloriously sunny day and to say it was a success, would be a massive understatement. Hosting archers from the region, over 50 competitors shot national rounds for individual and team awards.

Tournament organizer Neill Boatman said; ‘our aim was to hold a fun event whilst raising as much money as we could for Freddy’s charity. We maximized profit by working hard to include local sponsors from the business community, which was easier than we imagined and showed just how generous our local small businesses are.

Our Trophies were funded by – Five Star Driver Training; Medals and Printing by – and our catering by Godfreys Bakery (Hornchurch) and Jones Meat Market (South Ockendon) 

The support from these businesses meant our costs were kept to a minimum and resulted in excess of £600 being raised on the day. The total will be doubled by matched funding from Barclays bringing the days fund to over £1,200.

There are also two other lots which are up on Ebay to raise even more money.

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We could never have imagined how successful the day would actually be; the feedback from participants has been great and we are already looking forward to the 2015 event.

Neill Boatman
West Essex Bowmen