Shooting for Spencer

Dorset Echo: ALL SMILES: Spencer Owens and mum Jen ALL SMILES: Spencer Owens and mum Jen

MONEY raised and donated by Purbeck Shooting School is helping a young man suffering from a very rare genetic condition.

Due to the neurological and degenerative effects of the condition on his balance, Spencer Owens, from Wool, uses a wheelchair but this does not stop him from taking a keen interest in clay target shooting.

So when the management and members of his shooting school heard that the 15-year-old needed some power-assisted wheels for his wheelchair they decided that funds raised at one of the school’s regular charity fundraising days would help the teenager.

There is no current cure or treatment for Spencer’s condition – Ataxia Telangtiectasia, which affects the body’s immune system and just about everything apart from the brain.

On behalf of the shooting club, Graham Brown, senior instructor and managing director said: “Everyone at the school likes to help local people in need such as Spencer, so we arrange and host a number of charity events to give local people the chance to have some fun and raise some all-important funds for donation to local causes.

“While he’s looking forward to getting his new power-assisted wheels, Spencer has told his parents that he would like to use some of the money raised to enable him to go to the shooting school more often and improve his shooting.”

Qualified and affiliated to the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, Purbeck Shooting School is a previous winner of the celebrated title, Shooting Ground of the Year, and regularly hosts corporate shooting events, charity fundraising events and competitions throughout the year.

Established in 1995, the school has grown to be one of the finest sporting clay facilities in the UK.

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