Country Challenge Success for Charity

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Local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, was delighted to hold its first Country Challenge event at Purbeck Shooting School last month.

The event saw 12 teams battle it out by taking part in various activities including a clay 30 target flush, archery, fly fishing, air rifle, sling shot and golf chip and put.

The winning team was the Bicton Bandits captained by David Darts, who also scored the only ‘Hole in One’ of the day.

During the event, participants enjoyed a bacon butty on arrival, hog roast for lunch and a chance to win a wheelbarrow full of booze!

There was also a surprise game ‘Welly Wanging’ where competitors were required to hurl a wellington boot as far as possible within boundary lines, from a standing or running start.  Rob Gray was the 2019 Champion Welly Wanger.

Sue Reid, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “Our first Country Challenge event was a great success. We want to thank Purbeck Shooting School for hosting the event and everyone that took part who helped us to raise £7,600.”

Rosie Kennar, Hoburne Group chairman, attended the Country Challenge event and said: “‘What a fabulous day! Brilliantly organised and a great venue with charming yet professional instructors to help the team members through the various activities. Just the right mix of competitive spirit and fun – along with the opportunity to shine at practised disciplines as well as having a go at totally new ones.

“Congratulations to all involved – a huge sum was raised on the day for this extraordinary charity. I, along with our Hoburne team members, thoroughly enjoyed this event and some were quite hooked – and not just on the fly fishing! I would highly recommend.”

Graham Brown, managing director at Purbeck Shooting School, said: “We are proud to have facilitated the first Country Challenge, helping to raise just over £7,000 for the charity. We are looking forward to getting involved in future events to support Diverse Abilities.”

To find out more regarding Diverse Abilities, please visit or call 01202 718266.