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Shayne Dean secures the Bellamy Award for 2017

Friday 13th October turned out to be not so unlucky for Kent gamekeeper Shayne Dean when he discovered he had been awarded the NGO Educational Trust’s ‘Bellamy Award’ which was presented by Countess Sondes on behalf of the Educational Trust.

Shayne, gamekeeper at Lees Court Estate, described as the finest Estate in Kent, was awarded this prestigious trophy and a cheque for £250 in recognition of his work in promoting the gamekeeping profession to a wider public.

He has been instrumental in helping the Estate develop an educational programme, the Lees Court Education and Research Network (LEARN), covering the sporting, conservation and agricultural aspects of the Estate. He has worked with students at Plumpton College, the local Primary School and Scouts as well being involved with Estate visits by parties such as the CLA, NFU, local farming groups and others. He was also instrumental in the Estate winning the Bronze Purdey award in 2013 and has organised fund raising events for the NGO, the NGO Educational Trust and cancer based charities, a very worthwhile winner indeed.

Of course all this could not have been achieved on his own and Shayne was the first to acknowledge that this was a great team effort. The members of staff, headed by the very special Countess Sondes who is the driving force and inspiration behind the Estate initiatives, should, quite rightly, feel equally a part of this award and it was good to see just how pleased they all were for Shayne to receive this award.

Lees Court Estate, Countess Sondes and all the staff working there are a shining example of all that is good in the sporting world.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2017

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