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September 17

As I write this note the trees are turning and the swallows on their way South with partridge in every hedgerow and pheasants awandering! Grouse days have been fruitful and frustrating for nearby moors, with fog and muggy weather on some days and cool conditions on others.  Par for the course, but always good to […]


25th Anniversary Event at Packington Hall Meriden 21st March 2017

We are now reflecting on our first conference in a series of five throughout the country with delight, pride and true gratitude to those who came along to speak on the day, support us through sponsorship and practical help and delegates who joined us. Lord Aylesford as our Chairman hosted the event with typical generosity, […]


25th Anniversary Year for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust 2017

This year marks 25 years of the existence of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust and there are Trustees who were at the beginning of this journey which supports more people in different ways around the country. Our Chairman The Earl of Aylesford along with Mike Swan and Ian Grindy representing GWCT and BASC respectively were founder […]


News and events

David’s Story

Date posted: July 30, 2015

Pheasant Keeper, David Nesfield fell from a high seat cutting a branch two years ago. He is paralysed from the chest down. This has not stopped him carrying on with his life as a gamekeeper with an amazing resilience and very positive attitude, with the help of his employer, Mr Simon Cunliffe-Lister, his family, work colleagues and a little support from the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust. See Davids story here.

GWT provides financial grants for those gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies and their families or widows, in need through ill health or infirmity. There is also provision for small educations grants and vital support in terms of information, and assistance through the Helpline.

Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) was set up in 1992 to support gamekeepers, ghillies and stalkers throughout the country www.thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com Contact Helen Benson, GWT Tel: 01677 470180 or enquiries@thegamekeeperwelfaretrust.com

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Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – Jamie’s Helpline 0300 1233088

Improved service for 24/7 helpline The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust Jamie’s Helpline is generously supported by the family of Jamie Neal who was a gamekeeper and sadly took his own life in 2016. We are very fortunate to have received generous funding from the family of Jamie Neal which will make this helpline more accessible and […]


Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot held on The Royal Sandringham Estate by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen on Friday 4th August, 2017

We were enormously privileged to have been chosen as the charity to support during the Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot on The Royal Sandringham Estate by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen on 4th August which raised a considerable total (to be confirmed) for the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust. Thank you all!           […]


Presentation at the Game Fair from Kings Cover Crops and Conservation Crops

On-going support from Kings  The cheque for £1256 was presented to Trustees Brian Mitchell, David Clark Ian Grindy, and Helen Benson, CEO  on Friday 29th July at The Game Fair at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. The sum was raised through sales of Kings’ Winter Wildlife Holding Cover, one of Kings’ most popular products, with £1 donated […]


GWT Anniversary Auction 2017

50 varied lots to bid for in our Anniversary Auction.  Bids can be made immediately and accepted once acceptable offers are made. There is no closure date, and hard copies can be sent as required. Help us to make this a success and bid today! Thank you from all the team and especially to Barry […]


GWT – Gamekeeping for Life Conferences

We are grateful to all our sponsors and most particularly to Hull Cartridge Company and Marsdens Game Feeds without which these events could not be held. Bookings can be made by phone, email or by the form below. Events begin with coffee at  9.30 am for 10 am Sparsholt College Don’t miss our last event […]


GWT Raffle for a KM Double Kennel System drawn at the Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championships at Abbeystead 5th January

Beautiful weather graced the two day event at Abbeystead which was hailed as a great success and organised and run to the highest standard.  Credit goes to Tony Barrow, Headkeeper and his team as well as the Kennel Club with Nigel Dear at the helm. The Raffle was kindly drawn by His Grace The Duke […]


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Game Bird of the Year 2016

The Lady Scott Rose Bowl for the Game Bird of the Year 2016  was awarded to Sally Elliot of Tullybeagle Estate Meikleour Perth At Scone GWCT Game Fair Friday 1st July John Havens, Laird of Tullybeagles says: “Through her devoted care of ponds, hedges, grassy wet bits and arable edges, our wader population has exploded […]


The Countryside Clay Shoot 2016

Once again supporters came out in droves to enjoy a superb day at Six Mile Bottom on 14th May by kind courtesy of Richard Clarke and his team along with Steve Bloomfield of BASC who organised the event.  As BASC Chief Executive Richard Ali so correctly stated it is a great opportunity for different organisations […]


Game Chick of the Year presented at Weston Park Game Fair 2015

  The Lady Scott Award  for the Game Chick of the Year 2015 was awarded to 8 year old twins Hannah and Katie Harwood.   There was a presentation at the NGO stand on Sunday 21st September to recognise their achievements with Lady Scott (Trustee), Sir John Scott Bt (Honorary President), Walter Cole (Trustee), Brian […]