Golf Day raises vital funds for children’s charity

By on May 23, 2011


Local children’s charity, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, have their amazing supporters to thank for raising £17,000 at their 11th Annual Golf Day which was held at The Mere on 12th May.  22 teams had a fabulous day of golfing at the prestigious club followed by a fabulous Prize-giving Dinner in the evening.

The day teed off with a hearty lunch in the club’s James Braid suite, followed by expert tuition offered free of charge by their Pro Natalie Anderson.  The teams were then treated to a fabulous afternoon of golf, including Hole in One competitions with prizes sponsored by RRG Toyota.  Refreshments were also offered at the Halfway House, thanks to sponsors M&S Money.

Mathew Ellis of The Golf School in Altrincham appealed to the golfers’ competitive spirit with his Beat the Pro competition on the 8th which raised £690 for the charity.  For just £10 the golfers could try their hand at beating Mathew’s first shot, with each participant receiving a free video analysis of their swing!  The winners were entered into a raffle, with one winning a fabulous prize of a round of golf for 4 at the Club with buggies, butties and beers.

The Prize-giving Dinner, sponsored by Flag-Soprema, followed a wonderful afternoon of play.  Key 103’s Sports Editor and Presenter, Hugh Ferris, was host for the evening and expertly guided the guests through a fantastic raffle and silent auction.

The charity also held one of its trademark raffles with a difference which raised £800!  Golfers in the “Check your Balls” raffle were encouraged to buy a £20 box of Balls which had been sponsored by Cargill, one of which contained a special marked Ball.  The owner of that lucky pack won an opportunity to be a Racehorse owner for the day, provided by 6Box.

CAFT’s Alistair Laing made a surprise presentation to CAFT volunteer Gareth Lowe who for many years has provided his photographic services for free, saving the charity thousands of pounds.  The grand finale of the evening was the Prize-giving which held its own surprises! 1st Team prize sponsors, Stirling Lloyd, were invited up to present the winners of the competition with their prizes only to discover that the winning team was….Stirling Lloyd!  Second place went to one of the charity’s two teams, much to the surprise of its team members!  Third went to the PFA.

Events Organiser at CAFT, Pippa Watton commented: “This was another fantastic event with an amazing amount being raised for our charity.  We must say a huge thank you to all of our prize donors and sponsors, as well as the golfers themselves, all of whom have helped to make this event a massive success.  The money raised will help us to provide life-changing holidays for countless terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children this year.  A fantastic achievement for all concerned.”

Should readers wish to contact The Adventure Farm to learn more about the charity or their events, they can do so by calling 01565 830 053, or by visiting their website www.caft.co.uk

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