Sunshine Fund Charity Day 2008

The annual Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund Golf Charity Day has recently been held at Longhirst Hall, raising over £5,000 for sick and disabled North East children.

The annual Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund Golf Charity Day has recently been held at Longhirst Hall, raising over £5,000 for sick and disabled North East children. In total, 23 teams took part and all enjoyed a superbly presented course, excellent hospitality and a wonderful day out in the heart of rural Northumberland.

Two teams tied for first place with 92 points and with countback applied, H. Madden, A. Hynd, R. Barrigan & G. Jamieson representing Rowlands Chartered Accountants took first place courtesy of an inward nine of 45 points. Last years winners, G. Minett, S. Melville, G. Ramsey & P. Minett from Statex, had to settle for second place narrowly missing out with 44 points on the back nine.

John Bunyan, Richard Finney, John Horrill and Ian Messenger representing ncjMedia - Audience Development finished in third spot with 90 points, narrowly beating Peter Simpson (Whitley Bay GC), Malcolm Metcalf (Magdalene Fields GC), Ed Stephenson (Tyneside GC) and Brian Mabbot (Northumbria Golf Breaks), our own Golf North East One team into fourth.

Now in its sixth year, this golf day is just one of a variety of fund raising events organised throughout the year by a very dedicated team employed by the Evening Chronicle based in Newcastle.

As for the history of this unique charity, King George V came to Newcastle to open the Tyne Bridge in 1928 and to commemorate the occasion; he donated a cheque to give underprivileged children a day out to the coast. The Evening Chronicle adopted this idea of raising money to support local children in need and the fund was named the Sunshine Fund.

Nowadays, this registered charity helps children in special schools, learning units, hospitals and also individual families, providing funding for custom-built apparatus and specialised learning aids.

Jo Harris, the Sunshine Fund Manager said: "I would like to thank all the staff at Longhirst Golf Club for allowing us to have the use of their golf course and helping the day to run very smoothly. I would also like to thank Tracey and Jan from KPMG for looking after the half way house bar, Lisa Richardson from ITPS for looking after the putting competition and Fabulous Flournoy, coach and player for Newcastle Eagles for turning up and talking to the golfers. And finally, to all the companies for entering teams and sponsoring holes on the course - the event raised a massive £5,744 for the Sunshine Fund. This money will buy specialist equipment for local disabled children."

Results On The Day

1. Rowlands Chartered Accountants 92 points

2. Statex 92 points (countback applied)

3. ncjMedia - Audience Development 90 points

4. Golf North East Team One 90 points (countback applied)

5. Ellison & Co 90 points (countback applied)

6. Muckle LLP 89 points

Longest drive - Richard Mellor (Ellison & Co)

Nearest the pin - Paul Minett (Statex)

Acknowledgements: Hirsel Golf Club, De Vere at Slaley Hall, Longhirst Hall Golf Club, Wynyard Golf Club, Burgham Park Golf Club, Close House Golf & Country Club, Romanby Golf Club, George Robinson of George Washington Golf and Country Club, Whitley Bay Golf Club, Saltburn-by-the-Sea Golf Club, DFDS, Cleveland Golf Club, Morpeth Golf Club, Premier Inn Newcastle, Magdalene Fields Golf Club, KPMG, Raven Country Hotel Ebchester, Marshalls Golf and Northumbria Water.


David Whetstone
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