Golfers swing into action to help moves to end loneliness
ACHARITY golf event raised hundreds of pounds in support of a charity which helps people in crisis.
The tournament was organised by the team at Broken Cross Co-op Funeralcare, including Julie Burgess and Gillian Crawford.
A group of 16 golfers played through the course at Macclesfield Golf Club.
Then afterward there was a celebration including a tombola, champagne lottery and hamper raffle.
There was also a 4-ball auction, where the prize of a round of golf for four players at a top local course went to the highest bidders.
A total of £640.55 was raised from the activities which were aimed at generating funds for British Red Cross and their partnership with the Co-op to tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.
Commenting on the day, Julie Burgess said: “I first came up with the golf day idea a few years ago. My son is the professional golfer and my daughter was a junior champion.
“It seemed like the perfect way to raise money and do some team building with staff as well as members of the local community.
“Gillian and I loved organising this event, which we hold every year for a different local charity.
“It is always very wellreceived by the local community, and it was clear this year that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“Most importantly though, we helped to raise a lot of money and awareness for a cause that needs more support across the UK.”
Co-op and the British Red Cross teamed up in October 2015 when Co-op members, colleagues and customers began a wideranging programme of local and national fundraising activities.
So far over £2 million has been raised towards an initial £3.5 million target.
Tracey Crich, senior community fundraiser for the British Red Cross, said: “Activities like these that engage the whole community are a really effective way of raising awareness of the serious issue of loneliness in the UK.
“The money raised will help us provide vital care and support for people experiencing or at risk of loneliness. Thanks to the Co-op Funeralcare team at Broken Cross for their hard work with this event.”
At the Broken Cross Co-op funeralcare golf event are (from left) Rob Owen (Crewe and Macclesfield Funeralcare Manager), Mark Derbyshire (Birkenhead Funeralcare Manager), David Illingworth (Finance Business Partner) and Brian Derbyshire (Mark’s father).