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Health charities get £5k shot in the arm from golf day

By Liz Nicholls

Goodhearted golfers got into the swing of things to raise more than £5,500 for healthcare charities and children’s wellbeing.

Winners of the KM Charity Golf Day Team Jagger with event organisers Mary Daly, left, a Tesco Community Champion, and Dominic Comins, right, of the KM Charity Team.
Winners of the KM Charity Golf Day Team Jagger with event organisers Mary Daly, left, a Tesco Community Champion, and Dominic Comins, right, of the KM Charity Team.

Nineteen teams took part in an informal competition staged at Ashford Golf Club and run in partnership between the Ashford branch of Tesco and the KM Charity Team.

Knocking title-holders MHA MacIntyre Hudson off their perch were Team Jagger, on 91 points. Teams from House Electrical and PSR Lighting and Signs were hot on their heels in second and third place respectively, both with 90 points.

But sadly no-one won the £10,000 prize for scoring a hole in one on the 18th hole.

Ryder Cup tickets, signed memorabilia from Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and the Arsenal football team and a round at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal were sold in a charity auction, raising nearly £2,000.

The £5,500 raised from the whole day will be split between Tesco’s charities of the year, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK, and the KM Charity Team’s work in schools promoting reading, walking to school and road safety.

The day was supported by Barclays Bank - who matched the money raised in the raffle pound for pound - Accounting Workshop, Rift Group and Keaveney Contractors.

Organiser and Tesco community champion Mary Daly said: “It has been brilliant. The atmosphere has been fantastic.

“It’s just a great testament to Kent; the way people have supported these great charities. This is what life’s all about - giving back and helping people in need.”

Jason Raggatt from Barclays bank said: “It’s been a fantastic day, some fantastic shots – also some dodgy shots along the way – but it’s all for a great cause and lots of money raised for charity.”

James Halligan, from Accounting Workshop in Ashford, added: “We had a wonderful team – including one lady who’d never played golf before.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity both to support local charities, and for local businesses to get to know each other. We all spend all day working, without the opportunity to actually engage with and meet each other - and there’s a lot we can do to help each other, as well as to help the charities that we’ve supported today.”

  • The KM Charity Team organise a variety of fundraising events including abseils, an assault course, a colour run, a bike ride, and a charity walk – and some of next year’s events are already open for booking at kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking. Enter the code KMNEWS18 to receive a discount on the price.

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