Tynedale: Golfers get into the swing of charity day
Published at 07:34, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
IT’S not every day that Tynedale folk can use their favourite hobby to raise a substantial sum in aid of a vital lifesaving service.
That’s why the Rotary Club of Tynedale’s annual golf day is one of the most successful events on the district’s calendar.
Next Friday, more than 120 golfers will tee up at Prudhoe Golf Club for the 22nd chapter in the day’s rich history.
The parkland course, with its daring third hole tee shot, has become just as synonymous with the event as Augusta is with the US Masters.
Over the years, the annual day has raised in excess of £135,000 for charity, with more than £100,000 going to the Great North Air Ambulance.
And who wouldn’t want to support a service which, in recent months, has carried out 530 missions from its two bases at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, and Langwathby, near Penrith?
Once dispatched, the helicopters are never more than a 15 minute flight from the nearest hospital, making it a crucial service for those needing a rapid response.
Air ambulance spokesman Jim Entwhistle said the service, which offers the highest level of pre-hospital care, hugely benefited from the golf day.
He explained: “None of this would be possible if not for the kind of support and dedication shown by the Rotary Club of Tynedale.
“The money has played an integral part in establishing the region’s air ambulance, and the ongoing support continues to offer a lifeline to those in need.
“Every penny raised at this event is spent on something vital, whether it is on the aircraft themselves, the fuel they use, the doctors, paramedics and pilots who make up the crew, or the medical equipment and supplies.
“We are sure that this year’s event will be just as successful as those in years gone by and we would like to offer our most sincere thanks to everyone for once more getting behind the day.”
As always, businesses from across the district have entered the competition. They are willing to spend a full day away from the workplace to raise as much money as possible.
Of course, they will be using their golf skills to do so. The competition will be a combined team and individual event, with teams of four players scoring stableford points.
President of the Rotary Club of Tynedale, David Walters, said: “The golf day continues to attract a lot of interest because golfers and business people want to do their bit for the air ambulance.
“It’s a hugely important event in terms of our fund-raising programme, and continues to go from strength to strength.
“With Tynedale being such a rural area, the air ambulance is of paramount importance for assisting people in difficulty at remote locations, while it also attends traffic and other accidents.”
Mr Walters thanked the Hexham Courant for its comprehensive coverage before and after the event. He also paid tribute to those who have made cash and prize donations, and the individual companies which have sponsored holes.
They are Dodds of Hexham, Helping Hands Community Care, Patricia J. Arnold & Co, P.C.C. Systems and Tim Doody & Co. Ltd.
Praise has also gone to Prudhoe Golf Club, where green staff provide an excellent and challenging course year upon year, and where the clubhouse offers a welcoming 19th hole for a hearty meal, and prizegiving.
The course and facilities are provided free of charge. In addition, golf clubs at Matfen, Hexham, Stocksfield, and Consett, as well as Prudhoe, have provided rounds of golf as prizes.
Mr Walters also praised the Rotarians and their wives, who provide the drinks and snacks at the half-way refreshment centre.
He added: “Finally, the tournament would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the golf tournament committee, without whom this day would not happen.”
In last year’s event, the winning team was F.E.P, of Hexham, with 105 stableford points. Runners-up were Stokoe Rodger, a point behind, with Explain Plc third on 101 points.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1919Saturday, December 13, 1919...
AT a public meeting in Wylam Institute it was decided to split the remaining money in the village's peace celebration fund between the village schools and a planned war memorial to the Fallen.
A brass plaque bearing the names of 19 former students who died in the Great War was to be erected in the Wylam Council Schools at a cost of £20 and £30 was to be donated to the war memorial fund.