IT is an established tradition for golf club captains to raise money for a chosen charity during their year of office.
At Newbiggin, Kath Moore (lady captain) and John Bell (captain and chairman) teamed up to support the Parkinson’s Disease Society and raised a magnificent £2,100.
Throughout the year, the two captains worked tirelessly on a number of events to raise funds, including an Easter egg and bonnet competition, a barbecue, a Halloween party and even a Mr & Mrs competition, which was won by 2009 club champion and vice captain elect, Les Dawson. Their two Captains’ Days also added to the fund.
At the club’s annual presentation night, John and Kath handed over the £2,100 cheque to Vivienne Rogerson, branch and volunteer support officer for the Parkinson’s Disease Society.
Vivienne said: “I am so grateful to John, Kath and the members of Newbiggin for their hard work and generosity, which has resulted in such a significant contribution to the Society.”
And it seems that raising funds for charity is very much part of the culture of Newbiggin Golf Club. Since 1988, club stalwart Harry Smith has raised over £25,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, helped by Vera, his wife of 54 years. The pair are parents of Stuart Smith, former Northumberland Champion, tour pro and coach to Miguel Angel Jimenez.