The Beaufort Hunt’s annual charity meet has raised £1,400 for the Surviving Winter Appeal.

The meet was hosted by Mr and Mrs Leslie Milsom at Hundred Acre Farm, Sopworth, on 29 January.

In view of last winter’s freezing conditions, as a result of which nearly 600 people died in the hunt country, they decided to collect for vulnerable people suffering from the cold.

“We’ve been running a charity meet for around 20 years,” said joint-master Ian Farquhar.

“Considerable funds have been raised for a variety of charities – such as the the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes.”

The Beaufort Hunt also has a collection for the Earl Haig Fund, a charity which assists ex-servicemen, at their opening meet, and another for the Hunt Staff Benefit Society on Boxing Day.