Golfers swing into ac­tion to help moves to end lone­li­ness

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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).

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