Golf Day 2011

BUSINESSES GET INTO THE SWING OF FUNDRAISING

Charitable businesses in the region have got into the swing of fundraising for a local children’s charity.

Twelve teams took part in The Children’s Foundation’s Annual Shot Gun Golf Day at Ponteland Golf Club – which raised £2,500 to help keep North East children happy, healthy and safe.

The money will be used to support the charity’s three main aims, supporting medical research into childhood illnesses and conditions; supporting NHS services for children and young people and creating partnership programmes that will address key health and lifestyle issues affecting young people including mental health, disability and safety.

Libby Nolan, the charity’s fundraising manager, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Golf Day has raised this amount to benefit young people in the region. In the past year, The Children’s Foundation has directly improved the lives of more than 37,000 children across the North East and the money raised today will help continue the ‘Happy, Healthy, Safe’ campaign – expanding the charity’s reach and impact to deliver services and treatment for children across the whole of the UK.”

With strong links to North East hospitals, including the new Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, The Children’s Foundation works hard to ensure wards are kitted out with the latest technology to make the time spent in hospital as comfortable and stress free as possible for the children and their families.

Max Birkinshaw, from this year’s winning team Handlesbanken, said: “The Children’s Foundation Shot Gun Golf Day is a fantastic way to raise money for charity while having a fun day out with friends and colleagues. Whether an experienced player or a laid-back golfer, all are welcome and I am thrilled that we have raised this amount to improve the lives of children and young people in the region.”