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Wildlife raises the roof at Yorkshire dinner

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Article written by 29 November 2012

Over £43,000 was raised for Britain’s leading wildlife research charity at a lavish black tie dinner and auction in North Yorkshire this month.

The sell-out dinner was held by the North Yorkshire committee of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) at the Swinton Park Hotel, by kind permission of Mark Masham. The £43,000 net proceeds raised will go towards funding the GWCT’s ground-breaking research.

Recent work by the Trust includes highlighting the difficulties faced by farmland and migrant birds after the dismal summer, coupled with rigorously-researched proposals for how to address their plight; organising a conference on how best to achieve our 2020 biodiversity targets; and the woodcockwatch.com website that tracks the migration of this elusive bird by satellite and proved very popular.

The audience at the dinner enjoyed a sumptuous game-themed dinner created by award-winning chef, Simon Crannage accompanied by Bon Coeur’s fine wines. This was followed by a talk from GWCT Chairman Ian Coghill and an auction conducted by Andrew Fallows, a partner at property consultancy Carter Jonas who generously sponsored the event along with Lycetts, Brewin Dolphin, Barclays, Withers and Saffery Champness.

The auction lots included a private tour around the Laurent Perrier vineyard and cellar and the chance to enjoy the range of Laurent Perrier champagnes over lunch at the famous Chateau. The highlight of the evening was the spectacular High Four Pheasant day donated by the Reeve family, the Hon. Jake Duncombe, Christopher Blundell and Lord Mexborough, which was fought over by frantic bidding. The opportunity to shoot on four of Yorkshire’s premier pheasant shoots at Urra, Helmsley, Murton Grange and Hawnby all on the same day including dinner kindly provided by the Black Swan, Helmsley and wine by Bon Coeur Fine Wine caused considerable interest and the hammer eventually fell at £20,000.

Andrew Fallows said, “Carter Jonas are very pleased to have been involved with such a successful event. As long standing supporters of the GWCT we acknowledge the good work that is done by the Trust and the continual need for fund raising.”

The GWCT is very grateful to its sponsors, to the donors of all the unique auction lots and all those who supported and attended the dinner, not to mention the North Yorkshire committee for organising it so successfully.

The committee is already planning further events, including shoot walks. For more details please contact Sophie Dingwall on 01677 460033 or by email at sdingwall@gwct.org.uk.

Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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