THE founder of a village gun club has been remembered through a successful charity shoot.

Dearham Gun Club’s annual Mike Charlesworth Memorial Trophy Shoot raised funds for two charity’s close to organisers’ hearts.

These were the Great North Air Ambulance and the Cumberland Infirmary stroke unit in Carlisle.

Paul Stamper, whose family owns Dearham’s Townhead farm where the shoot is held, approached the club about raising funds for the stroke unit.

Mr Stamper was eager to support the service which nursed his brother Richard back to health following a stroke.

The event raised £1,500 and will be split between the two causes.

Frank Barton, who founded the club with Mr Charlesworth, said: “It was brilliant for a small club to get that amount of entries.

“The club drew around 80 entries on the day with the usual meets bringing in around 20.”

Mr Charlesworth’s son Neil organises the event alongside Mr Barton and Tom Robinson.

Mr Robinson said: “It means a lot of work for us but it’s worth it when you get that result.

“It’s good for shooting. All shooting fraternity charity events, you can’t beat them.”