Opus Energy shoot raises £55,000 for motor neurone disease charity
A clay-pigeon shoot sponsored by leading energy supplier Opus Energy has raised over £55,000 for the Heaton-Ellis Trust, a Berkshire charity funding research into motor-neurone disease.
The Opus Energy Shooting Challenge saw over 100 patrons, from across Europe, together with Opus Energy staff taking part in the team-based competition at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School in Pangbourne.
A charity auction on the day accounted for £25,000 of the final total, with 11 lots including helicopter lessons, a skiing holiday, and Saracens rugby tickets.
Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones; the cells that control voluntary muscle movements such as breathing, walking, swallowing and speaking. MND leads to weakness and wasting of these muscles and can affect any adult at any age.
The money raised by Opus Energy will contribute towards medical research into a cure for this life-changing disease, and improve technology to identify the defective genes that cause it.
Romilla Arber, from The Heaton-Ellis Trust fundraising committee, said:
“The day was a huge success for the Trust. A lot more money was raised this year than last and the event was well attended. There was a warm atmosphere despite the chilly conditions and everyone had a good time, whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”
Opus Energy’s Managing Director, Charlie Crossley Cooke, said:
“This was the latest event in Opus Energy’s community outreach work, something which we continue to take very seriously. We are therefore very pleased to have raised such a large total for the Heaton-Ellis Trust.
“Thanks to all that showed their support at the event and to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School for helping us organise the day.”
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Opus Energy offers UK businesses cheap energy and a high standard of customer care. With over 100,000 customers, including FirstGroup, Lloyds Pharmacy and John Lewis, they provide UK businesses with cost effective solutions to meet their energy requirements.