5 July 2013 – LONDON – Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE this week hosted his annual shoot day, raising £140,000 for his charity the Peter Jones Foundation.
I was very kindly invited by Nicola Pulvertaft from Powder Hill who had sponsored the event and not only put a special gift in all of the goodie bags – a beautiful pendant for the ladies and a tie pin for the men, but had also donated one of her white gold shotgun necklaces to the auction worth over £10,000.
It was a monumental day for me as was my first time back shooting since my operation five months ago and with the new EJ Churchill gun so I was pleased with my score of 57. British champion Becky MacKenzie won top lady with 61 and top gun scored 68 so I decided that was a respectable effort.
Guests at the event included fellow Dragons Theo Paphitis, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney, as well as the great and the good from the world of business, who battled it out to be crowned Top Gun. Top team was awarded to the boys from Gamebore Cartridges and we were happy with our position as The Glorious Twelfth!
The competition was held on Wednesday 3rd July at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, and was followed by a live auction with fantastic prizes including fine dining at London’s top restaurants, luxury weekend breaks and the unique opportunity to have lunch with the Dragons. Other sponsors included Yachtmasters, Aston Martin, Crestron, Smartcomm, Jetfly Aviation, Holland Cooper, Red Letter Days and Expansys.
Peter Jones CBE commented:
“I am thrilled that we have today raised such a significant amount for the Peter Jones Foundation. Through our initiatives, we can reach out to young people across the country and inspire and enable them to realise their dreams. I’ve been hugely impressed with the talent at today’s shoot, and its great to see my fellow Dragons competing outside of the den!”
Peter Jones established the Peter Jones Foundation to help unleash the potential of aspiring entrepreneurs in the UK. The Foundation works to educate, encourage and inspire a brand new generation of entrepreneurs, through initiatives such as Tycoon in Schools and through the national network of Peter Jones Enterprise Academies.