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More than £9,000 was raised for the home improvement industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust, by the 2016 DIY & Home Enhancement Charity Clay Shoot.

Held at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School on July 7, the shoot attracted a total of 95 industry people, including senior personnel from retailers and wholesalers like Decco, Homebase, Home Hardware, Screwfix, Stax, Toolbank, Trago Mills and Wickes.

Honours were equally divided on the day. Among the rookies, Sunflex guest Katherine Newson  was named top female contestant, Stuart Livingston of Screwfix won the award for top retailer, and Lee Palmeria (Sherwin Williams) was top supplier. Winners at the intermediate and experienced level were Eleanor Joseph of Screwfix (top female), and Chris Ives of Wickes (top retailer); the overall top gun award went to Allen Carriere of Sunflex, with  Nick Gregson (Chicago Brand) & Tim Trapp (Gorilla Glue) as joint runners-up.

The award for the top team went to Phil Gregson, Steve Hurst, Mike Brady, Filza Chaudhry & James Clement-Boggis.

This year’s event was sponsored by Cartell UK; Crown Paints; CWV (Crown Wallcoverings, Vymura, Coloroll); Gorilla Glue (Gorilla, O’Keeffe’s); Hippo Tapes; QEP (Vitrex, Homelux, Plasplugs); Sunflex (Swish, Harrison Drape, Integra, Universal; ShurTape (Duck Tape, Frogtape) and Yale.

The charity shoot has been a fixture in the DIY industry calendar for more than 20 years now, raising hundreds of thousands for the Rainy Day Trust. To register interest as a competitor or a sponsor in the 2017 event, which will be held at the Royal Berkshire on Thursday July 6, contact the organiser, Michael Dark, at www.diyshoot.co.uk, or on 01582 621121; or email him at mda.mail@virgin.net.

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