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Charity fund raising event goes with a bang

A famous Gloucestershire castle was the historic setting for a sporting event and dinner which raised money for the work of a much-loved county charity.

The annual Nelson Trust Clay Shoot & Black Tie Dinner has become established as one of the key events in the social diary with Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, among the guests.

Numbers of not in yet but last year it raised a record-breaking £60,000 for The Nelson Trust, a Stroud based charity and abstinence-based treatment centre which has provided support for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction for three decades.

The Deer Park at Berkeley Castle with the stunning Folly as a backdrop was the picturesque venue for the day and dinner is in the historic Great Hall at Berkeley Castle.

One of the event organizers is Rob Lister, director of Stonehouse-based Lister Unified Communications, whose late father Richard Lister was chairman of The Nelson Trust for 11 years.

Mr Lister said: "The Nelson Trust do great work in helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society turn their lives around.

"The annual Nelson Trust Clay Shoot & Black Tie Dinner is a great way to support the charity as well as having a wonderful day to remember in a memorable setting."

A spokesperson for The Nelson Trust said: "As a charity, we are reliant on the generosity and support of the public."

Money from helps "transform the lives of those in rehabilitation from addiction or within our women's services where we assist vulnerable women in the community".

Refreshments were provided by the Hub Bistro Café in Gloucester - a social enterprise solely run by those in recovery.

Post shoot a black tie dinner was staged in the Great Hall of Berkeley Castle.

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