Hundreds of country sports enthusiasts raised around £35,000 for worthy causes at an event in the Allen Valleys.

The annual Whitfield Clay Shoot, which is regarded as one of the UK’s premier clay shooting events, took place in glorious sunshine at Whitfield Estate on the 12th and 13th May.

More than 130 teams of four competitors took part over the weekend, with local shooters joined by others from across the country.

Proceeds from the event are still being counted, but this year’s main beneficiary will be the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which supports Motor Neurone Disease research.

The foundation was set up after rugby legend Doddie Weir, the former Newcastle Falcons and Scotland player, was diagnosed with the condition last year.

The Countryside Alliance and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust will also benefit, as will several local organisations.

One of the organisers, Margaret Ridley, said: “It was an excellent weekend for all involved, with lovely weather.

“We had people travelling from near and far, and were well supported by individuals and businesses who have contributed to the fund-raising effort.”

From 10 shooting stands, teams took aim at simulated game flushes, with clays travelling at the same height and speed as birds or animals.

They scored points in various categories, including grouse, wildfowl, pheasant, rabbit, pigeon, partridge and woodcock.

Committee member Jamie Stewart of the Countryside Alliance said: “I am always humbled by the generosity of our sporting fellowship when supporting community-led initiatives. The charitable investment made through the clay shoot has a lasting effect on the lives of young people within the community and beyond.

“And clay shoot chairman Stuart Maugham said: “The success of the event is all thanks to the Whitfield Estate, our sponsors, those who donate raffle and auction prizes and our competitors, as without them we would not have this amazing annual competition!”