By Grant Rogers, IGEM South West Section Chair
The IGEM South West Section Charity Golf Day took place on 10 October, once again held at the beautiful Kendleshire Golf Club, just north of Bristol.
The money raised by the teams and their sponsors will support the Section’s chosen charity, Help Bristol’s Homeless.
Clouds cleared over South Gloucestershire for a brief period in the morning as the ten teams teed-off, there were even a few short glimpses of sunshine for the photographs, although umbrellas remained on hand for the organising committee.
A stiff breeze and a few short showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of our competitors; it certainly made for a more challenging round of golf and a very close result on the day.
All the teams made it round the full course and took part in the putting competition before enjoying drinks and an indoor barbeque in the clubhouse.
Rob, a trustee of the chosen charity, talked about his own experience of homelessness before he got his life back on track with the support of Help Bristol’s Homeless. Now, he works for the charity, supporting others in similar circumstances. His story is truly a testament to the success that can be achieved with the right support at the right time.
Following this moving talk, charity trustee Jan joined me in hosting the auction of items donated by Crane Building Services & Utilities Ltd, Rush Construction Services and the South West Committee.
Next, Jan was kind enough to kick off the raffle, drawing the first ticket and presenting each winner with their choice of the prizes donated by PSS Hire, Rush Construction Services Ltd, GTC, Radius Subterra and the South West Committee.
Finally, the winners of the competition were announced. Congratulations to the PSS Hire team (Martin Ford, Ross Cheeseborough, Lewis Sinclair and Derek Wilkinson), who along with the runner up teams from Western Gas Alliance and Morrison Utility Services collected their prizes provided by the Kendleshire Golf Shop.
Prizes were also awarded to winners of the putting competition, the longest drive and nearest the pin as well as to Mike Hall, of Steve Vick International, who picked up the prize for player of the day, donated by GTC.
All in all, the event raised over ｣1,400 for Help Bristol’s Homeless. The money raised will help the charity continue to provide real solutions to homelessness in the city.
The committee would like to express sincere thanks to sponsors, players and members of the chosen charity for supporting the event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Thanks to all the teams who supported the event: Complete Utilities, Crane BSU, GTC, Kingsley Plastics Ltd, Morrison Utility Services, PSS Hire, Radius Subterra, Rush Construction Services Ltd, Steve Vick International, Total Utility Connections Ltd and Western Gas Alliance.