Charity Golf Day 2011: a tee-rrific time!

This year’s Recycling Lives charity golf day was a huge success! The event, held at Pleasington Golf Course near Blackburn earlier this month, was set up to raise money for the Recycling Lives charity and to celebrate the people who have supported it over the last year. The charity, which is primarily sustained by Recycling Lives’ commercial operations in recycling and waste management, helps disadvantaged members of society return to independent living.

15 teams took part in the event, one of them including young golf-pro Tommy Fleetwood. After a coffee and a bacon buttie, the teams teed off and battled it out across 18 holes. While the event was competitive, fun remained the order of the day with a special mention going to Stephen Valentine of Campbell’s Caravans, whose fetching pink trousers and matching stripy shirt earned him the Most Imaginative Outfit award. As the day wore on, the weather stayed fine and spirits remained high, even after DSJ team member Gary Whelan made the unofficial worst shot of the course with a drive so bad it made a hole in a shed!

After finishing all 18 holes, the teams were treated to a well-earned three-course meal, which was followed by the evening event. Presented by Mark Simpson, Commercial Manager of Recycling Lives – whose comic hosting made the night for many – the ceremony kicked off with speeches and a charity auction. H.A. FOX kindly donated a Jaguar driving experience for the auction, which proved to be a popular item. Many people were eager to have the opportunity to drive a fast car with a professional round a race circuit and, after some fierce bidding, the prize raised a massive £500. The other prizes were quickly snapped up and the auction raised over £1,100. This, coupled with the money raised by the raffle tickets, brought the total raised to £1,800.

The evening concluded with the results of the raffle – with a wide selection of prizes that had been donated by generous local companies – and the awards ceremony. Team Bradley Demolition were the grand winners of the day, beating Tommy Fleetwood and runners-up, Team Credo. Further congratulations also go to Neil Humphries of Mi Technology for the straightest drive of the day and to Paul Finnerty of Recycling Lives for the longest drive. Last but not least, a special mention also to Gerry Malone of NWR, who was awarded the coveted Most Challenging Day prize (a.k.a. the lowest score of the day!).

Commenting on the event, Neil Humphreys of Mi Technology said: ‘The day was so well put together we’re looking into doing one ourselves.’ Similarly impressed, Steve Pagett of Seddon Construction Ltd said: ‘What a fantastic day – the organisation, golf, food, weather and general hospitality were first class.’

With the help of many generous people, the Recycling Lives Charity Golf Day 2011 has raised vital funds for the charity. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the companies that attended. Recycling Lives would like to thank: H.A. FOX, Mi Technology, Herbert T Forrest, Smith Metals, Seddon Construction, Eckersley Property, Campbell’s Caravans, DSJ Lettings & Management, Longridge Golf Club, ISG Regions, Pete Marquis, Credo, NWR, Howarth Metals, Del Pol Associates and Hughes Bros.

Recycling Lives would also like to thank the following people for generously donating prizes: H.A. FOX, Carlton’s Restaurant, Emma Holroyd Beauty, Freedom Travel, Pleasington Golf Club, Cocktail Factory, Tatters of Longton, Chique Boutique, Penworthan Golf Club, Credo, Appliance Tech, Dr Oetker, San Marco, Dave Spikey, East Z East, Macmillans, NWR, Proctor & Campbell and Steve Broomhead, Paul Finnerty and Mark Simpson of Recycling Lives.

We’re looking forward to next year’s event already – we hope to see you all there again!