The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Golf event raises £40,000


A golf day in aid of a northeast social care charity has raised almost £40,000.

VSA’s annual Tartan Proam t ournament and fundraisin­g dinner took place on Thursday at Aboyne.

The money will help to fund the charity’s family contact centre, where children from separated families are able to spend time with a parent who no longer lives with them.

Debbie Fotheringh­am, VSA’s events and fundraisin­g co-ordinator, said: “The family contact centre is a valuable service to hundreds of families and the support from our sponsors, including Brewin Dolphin and Munro’s Travel Group, all of the day’s players and evening’s guests has been fantastic.”

The event attracted 32 teams with one Scottish golf profession­al playing in each team of four.

The tournament was followed by a prizegivin­g at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa where 150 guests enjoyed a Pimms reception before dinner. Other activities, such as an auction, heads and tails competitio­n and a raffle, helped to raise a total of £ 37,735 throughout the day.

Next year’s tournament willbeheld­attheRoyal­Deeside Golf Club on May 15. second appeal to the Court of Session this year, the groups have now lodged papers with the UK Supreme Court. It is their last option in Britain, although an appeal to the European Courts is still open.

A spokesman for the Badenoch and Strathspey Conservati­on Groupsaid:“We areconcern­ed that the CNPA has allocated areas for developmen­t without f i r s t determinin­g whether the developmen­t would be damaging to the natural heritage interests that the national park was set up to protect.”

Fundraisin­g is ongoing for the new appeal, which will cost thousands of pounds.

No one from Rothiemurc­hus Estate was available for comment yesterday.

TheCNPAwil­l discuss the latest developmen­t in the long-running saga at a meeting on Friday.

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