Fundraising Auction

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust is the premier charity dedicated to the support of gamekeepers, stalkers, and ghillies through times of hardship. Whether that involves health, housing, employment or anything else, the GWT has a range of services that can help, tailored to the unique needs of countryside workers. The Trust has also recently expanded its services, introducing a new text helpline in December 2012, that can provide easy-to-access help for even small questions.

However, the Trust relies entirely on donations and fundraisers, so Modern Gamekeeping and the sporting community have joined forces to help. We’re holding an auction of fantastic fieldsports lots, so if you want to sort yourself out with some sport this season, get involved! All funds raised will go straight to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust to support the work the team does, and Modern Gamekeeping would like to extend our thanks to the generosity of the people and companies that have made this auction possible.

Helen Benson of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust has said, “We are immensely appreciative to Modern Gamekeeping, and all gamekeepers and supporters who are involved or who participate in this exciting initiative. Funds raised will be used specifically for gamekeepers and their families who have, by accident or other misfortune, become less able to continue in active work. We know funds raised will make a huge difference, not only in practical applications to make life more independent, but in the care and concern shown by others in supporting this worthy cause. Thank you so much.”

It couldn’t be easier to place a bid – simply e-mail deputy editor Nicola on or call 01926 339808.


The Lots 

1: A weekend’s driven boar shooting in Bavaria for two guns joining a team of guns in November 2014 season on Count Erbach’s estate, Eschau Odenwald. Includes Bed and Breakfast accommodation, two days shooting, hunting licenses, transfer from Frankfurt airport to hunting area, and all trophies fees – expectation of 40 to 80 boar over the weekend. FAC holders only (airfare not included).

Courtesy of Peter Carr and Jost Arnold.

Reserve £1,250

Win a weekend's driven boar shooting thanks to Pete Carr and Jost Arnold

Win a weekend’s driven boar shooting thanks to Pete Carr and Jost Arnold

2: 500 bird day at Rothwell Estate, Lincolnshire. An opportunity for one gun to join the keepers’ day on 1 February 2014 on this renowned shooting estate that needs no introduction for its quality of birds and hospitality.   500 bird day

Courtesy of Head Keeper John Pyle.

Current Bid £580


3: Evening meal for two at Marco Pierre White’s and Frankie Dettori’s Knightsbridge Restaurant “Frankie’s”. This is the flagship restaurant of the family-friendly Frankie’s chain, created by Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori, set in the bustling Knightsbridge area of stylish South Kensington in London. Frankie’s is best described as evocative and extravagant, the atmosphere reminiscent of the American clubs of yesteryear, radiating an ambience of lavish decadence.

Courtesy of Marco Pierre White.

Current Bid £280


4: One evening’s high-quality duck flighting on the Demming Shoot, East Yorkshire, for six guns, 2014/15 season, shooting wigeon, teal and mallard. Expectation 60 to 100+ head.

Courtesy of Grahame Shepherd.

Current Bid £500

One bidder will receive an evening of high-quality duck flighting

One bidder will receive an evening of high-quality duck flighting


5: A weekend’s roebuck stalking for two trophy bucks in East Yorkshire with Modern Gamekeeping Editor in Chief Peter Carr. Includes two nights B&B accommodation, four outings and all trophy fees, 2014 season.

Courtesy of Peter Carr

Current Bid £500

Editori in Chief Peter Carr will take one bidder stalking for two trophy roebucks

Editor in Chief Peter Carr will take one bidder stalking for two trophy roebucks


6: 200–300 bird mixed bag day at Beckerings Park Shoot, Bedforshire. An opportunity for one gun to join the keepers’ day on 30 January 2014. This is a first-class partridge shoot that has also developed some interesting pheasant drives.

Courtesy ofshoot owner Paul Childerley.

Reserve £500


7:  Two days pigeon shooting for two guns with DV Sporting in south east Scotland on spring drillings 2014.  Two days shooting

Courtesy of David Virtue.

Reserve £250


 8: 200 bird mixed day at the HY-FLY Shoot, Poulton-le-fylde Preston, Lancashire, at a date to be arranged.

Courtesy of Raymond Holden.

Current Bid £550


9: NEW LOT: Wild goat stalking, a challenging enterprise  in the summer and less challenging in the winter time, to be held out with the stalking season. To be held on the Dundonnell Estate by Garve, Ross-Shire, accommodation included. Dates to be arrange with the head keeper.

Courtesy of the Dundonnell Estate, Ross-Shire. Contact Mr Alasdair MacDonald.

Reserve £500 


To bid, or to donate a lot, please contact or call 01926 339808 with the lot number, and the amount you wish to bid.


Contact the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust:

Helpline: 01677 470180

Text line: 07786 917498


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