A TRAIL hunting group in Wiltshire raised almost £20,000 this year for good causes.

The Beaufort Hunt has donated £4,000 each to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Youth Action Wiltshire and Tetbury Hospital. The group has also given £2,000 to St Giles' Church, Alderton and £750 to St Peter's Primary School for their outdoor garden project.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Air Ambulance said: “Thanks to this generous gift we can continue be there for anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas when they need us most.”

The Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club donated £500 to Youth Adventure Trust and £500 to Julia’s House. A further £3,500 was donated to the Avon Centre. 

South West Farmer: Members of The Beaufort Hunt.

Claire Evans from the Avon Centre said. “This generous donation will allow us to continue to help disabled and disadvantaged people to access the therapeutic benefits of horses and nature.” 

The hunt, which is a member of the British Hound Sports Association (BHSA) practices trail hunting in full compliance with the Hunting Act 20024. 

Members of the hunt also took part in the Great British Spring Clean earlier this year.

South West Farmer: Members of The Beaufort Hunt.

Matt Ramsden, master and huntsman of the Duke of Beaufort Hunt, said: “We are proud to continue to help local charitable organisations in the region, along with organizing community events and social functions.

"This is a close-knit rural community and people help and support each other in all sorts of ways. The Beaufort Hunt is pleased to play its part in supporting this wonderful community.”

Every year the trail hunting community raise tens of thousands of pounds for charitable causes. In a recent six-month period 92 different charities benefited to the tune of £460,000 raised by members of BHSA-registered hunts.