Every dark cloud has a silver lining – Golfers help raise Thousands for Charity

 

A leading
North East car retailer defied the weather to raise more than £27,500 for local
charities at its annual golf day on Monday 24th September. With over
a month’s worth of rainfall falling on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th
September, the Pulman annual charity golf day could have been a wash out before
it even started. 

 

Organisers
from Pulman, which runs SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen retailers in Durham and
Sunderland, had feared the event would be a washout as gale force winds and
torrential rain lashed Chester-le-Street Golf Club. 
 
But scores
of hardy golfers from across the UK braved the course to make the
event a huge success.
 
And they dug
deep at an auction following the day’s play to raise thousands for the regional
branch of the NSPCC and the Freeman
Hospital. 

 

Jonathan Lupton - Pro Golfer
Pulman Group
Marketing Manager, Natalie Wilson, said: “At the start of the day we seriously
considered calling the event off as the weather was so bad and the greenkeepers
felt the course was unplayable. But we were determined not to let the biggest
event on our calendar be ruined by the weather so we pressed ahead and we
couldn’t believe it when all the golfers we were expecting turned up and
decided to play.

 

“After
enduring such horrendous weather everyone was in great spirits when they got
back to the clubhouse and that really showed when it came time for the auction.
They were all so generous with their bidding and helped us raise more money for
our chosen charities than ever before.”

 

The golf day
itself was stopped early, with only 9 holes being played, the heroic golfers
returned to the club house to enjoy hot food and drink and laughs from the
local comedian.

 

Ben
Margetts, Community Fundraiser for the NSPCC attended the Pulman charity golf
day and commented, “I must admit, I was worried on Monday morning with the
torrential rain which was forecasted for the rest of the day. But I was truly
amazed by everyone, Pulman for their fantastic persistence and organising the
day, the golfers who above all carried on in the heavy rain and to
Chester-le-Street golf club who made sure that we could play at least a little
golf.

 

Paul Collingwood
 Last year,
Pulman raised a huge £22,000, which over the last year has helped us add another
member to our North East ChildLine Schools Service team. This additional member
of staff has helped to recruit and train volunteers in the area and enabled us
to deliver the service to thousands of children in the region. The ChildLine Schools Service
sensitively educates children on the different forms of abuse, how to protect
themselves and where they can go for support. We hope that this service will
help to protect children from abuse and identify children in need of support
sooner. It’s
for this reason that days like the one Pulman have organised are so vitally
important and can make a life changing impact.” 

 

Natalie
Wilson continued, “we just want to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors
including Castrol and Newcastle United, thank you to Jonathan Lupton, the pro
golfer from Close House, to Chester-le-Street golf club for baring with us and
to all the golfers who made the day possible and helped raised a fantastic and a
new record £27,500, in which 100% will go to the NSPCC and NHS Freeman
hospital.”
 
To view photos from the day please go to: http://www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/golfday2012/history-2012.php