25.07.13 – Opus Energy to boost research into motor neurone disease

Opus Energy is sponsoring a one-day shooting event on 27th September 2013 to raise funds for The Heaton-Ellis Trust, a charity set up to fund research into a cure for motor neurone disease.

The 5th Heaton-Ellis Shooting Challenge will be held on Friday 27th September 2013 at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School. Teams will take part in 10 competitive clay pigeon shooting drives. The event will also include an auction. Last year’s prizes included: a day’s entertainment at the British Grand Prix, a 4-night skiing and polo trip in the snow at Klosters, a track day at Silverstone racecourse, tickets to the Paralympic Games at the Olympics, a helicopter lesson, and rugby tickets to the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.

Last year’s event raised £56,512 for the Heaton-Ellis Trust to fund research into discovering causes and cures for motor neurone disease, led by Professor Christopher Shaw at King’s College London.

For every £1 that is raised by the Trust a further £2 will be contributed by the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the gene hunting effort.

Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director of Opus Energy, said: “Opus Energy has supported the Heaton-Ellis Trust’s shooting events for the past three years, raising over £111,000 for the Trust. We’re so pleased by the generosity of all of those who have donated.”

Christopher Shaw, Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics, commented: “Money from the Trust is helping fund research into the genes that cause motor neurone disease. This means that my team can stay focused on their vital research, with the ultimate aim that one day we will find a cure for this devastating disease.”

Click here for more event details. To buy tickets to the event, please contact: Anna Crossley Cooke, tel: 07989 340 724, email: stmaryspriory@btinternet.com.

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