Supporting the farming community was the target for property professionals as Midlands-based firm Newton LDP hosted its first ever ‘Newton Cup’ clay shoot on the Warwickshire-Northamptonshire border.

More than 160 property professionals took part in Newton LDP’s charity clay shoot at the prestigious Shuckburgh Estate, which raised more than £23,000.

The event also included a dinner, auction and raffle with all profits from the day being donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) – a national charity that provides local support to the farming community across England and Wales.

It was the first held by Warwickshire-based land, development and property agency Newton LDP as part of a new partnership with RABI to help support the farming community.

Richard Foxon, Managing Director at Newton LDP, said: “This was a fantastic day and I really want to say thank you to all of our generous sponsors and those who took part and helped ensure this was a huge success.

“I was born into a farming family myself and have spent much of my career working in and with rural communities, so understand the challenges that are faced by an industry that is so important to the UK economy.

“Farmers can be extremely resilient but also need help to create healthy farming communities, which is why the support provided from RABI is essential.”

Funds will help support RABI’s work in providing financial support, guidance and practical care to farmers, farmworkers, partners and dependants in complete confidence.

Money will also help go towards two new counselling and mental health training services, launched in response to a survey which found a third of the farming community are probably or possibly depressed.

Suzy Deeley, RABI head of partnerships, said: “The support that we receive from companies such as Newton LDP enables us to continue to provide our services to the farming community throughout England and Wales, so we’re really thankful to them and all of the fundraisers who took part.”

The shoot saw Adalta Real win the Newton Cup, followed by Three Shires Trailers as runners up.

The event was backed by a host of sponsors, including Ainscough Strategic Land, Talbot Homes, Macaw Security Solutions, Three Shires Trailers, Beechwood Trees & Landscapes, Manor Oak Homes, Archel Homes, and Carlton Contracting.