Throughout its long history, Great Ormond Street has relied on public support, even after the founding of the NHS. Their mission as a charity is to raise money to enable the hospital to provide the very best care for its young children and their families.
This was their 17th Annual Clay Shoot in Aid of Great Ormond Street and Bishopsgate School at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School and we were delighted to be a part of it once again. Since the Shooting School was established, it has helped raise over £16 million for charities and in 2008 it helped raise £420,000 in just one day, a UK record.
The day began with breakfast in the gallery, where our staff served crisp bacon and sausage ciabatta rolls in a big wicker basket to guests, offering them a choice of sauces to accompany their chosen roll. On the table we served an array of freshly cooked pastries and refreshing juice. The guests helped themselves to tea and coffee and enjoyed the food and drinks before the tiring day ahead of them.
Once they had enjoyed their hearty breakfast, the guests made their way to the grounds to begin shooting. Stratstone, one of Great Ormond Street’s proud sponsors, had set up some of their cars to provide a great back drop for the event.
Two of our lovely waitresses made their way down to the valley to serve snacks to the guests to keep them going whilst shooting. We served lots of hearty, delicious treats including Sausage Rolls, Pork Pies with Piccalilli, Honey and Mustard Glazed Cocktail Sausages, chocolate, pretzels and fresh fruit.
The snacks were served in a rustic manner, true to the nature of The Wild Fork. Condiments were served in kilner jars whilst the snacks themselves were served on chunky wooden boards with brown paper, in keeping with the woodland surroundings of The Shooting School. Whilst enjoying their midday sausage roll, some of the guests got involved with a sweepstake which involves guessing the number of clays shot throughout the day, which allows the winner to be given a prize, whilst donating to a wonderful cause.
After shooting, the guests made their way back to the other end of the grounds for a champagne and cocktail reception. They enjoyed refreshing Tattinger and canapés before getting driven to the top of the hill by some beautiful Stratstone cars to view the air display by The Red Arrows.
Our waitresses and waiters took bottles of Tattinger into the crowd and kept everyone topped up whilst they enjoyed the show.
Dressed in our usual country attire, from The Really Wild Clothing Company, our staff looked extremely smart for the occasion. They too managed to watch the wonderful show put on by The Red Arrows.
The Red Arrows had just been entertaining guests at the NATO Summit 2014 before flying over to entertain the guests at The Shooting School. Unfortunately they headed to Switzerland afterwards to do another display and were unable to join the guests for dinner like they would normally.
After the display, the guests moved into the marquee for their dinner. They enjoyed Salmon Assiette followed by Free Range Chicken Breast, Green Beans, Crushed New Potatoes and Sauce Vierge, finished with Eton Mess and a Cheese Board, all prepared by our talented chefs. Rory Bremner made a speech before the Auction began, raising lots of money for the great causes.