New year cash boost suits charity to a tee!


The NSPCC in the North East
has kicked off the New Year with a cash boost thanks to a charity golf
fundraiser organised by car retailer Pulman.


Natalie Wilson (Pulman) & Wendy Bates (NSPCC)

The charity which aims to
keep children safe from harm took delivery of a cheque for £15,000 following an
annual golf event in Chester-le-Street organised by the leading Volkswagen and
SEAT retailer in September 2012.


Pulman, which has showrooms
in County Durham and Sunderland, has organised the golf event for the past
seven years, raising over £100,000 since 2006. The money raised has been split
in half, with 50% going to the Freeman Hospital and 50% going towards the NSPCC
centre in Newcastle which offers services to help some of the most vulnerable
children and young people in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.


September’s event saw over
88 enthusiastic amateur golfers brave torrential rain to do battle on the golf
course, followed by a charity auction where guests were encouraged to bid for
items including a box for 10 people with hospitality for the infamous Newcastle
United v Sunderland AFC derby, hospitality boxes for shows at Metro Radio Arena
and luxurious Golfing weekends at Close House.


The event was created by
Mike Pulman, Managing Director and keen golfer. He said: “We are so proud to
have raised £15,000 for the NSPCC. It’s a fantastic charity and we are so very
pleased to be part of it. Every year we hold our Pulman charity golf day and
even though it rained all day, everyone was in true charity spirit, defied the
weather and played golf.”


Wendy Bates, head of
community fundraising for the NSPCC in the North East said: “I’d like to thank
Mike and his team at Pulman for putting in such a tremendous amount of effort
to once again organise a fantastic golf day. It’s thanks to supporters like
Pulman that we are able to fund our services for children in the region.
Everyone involved in the day, whether paying to enter, bidding in the auction
or helping with the planning, has made a real difference to the lives of
children in the North East.”


It costs £2,800
to recruit, train and support one of the NSPCC’s volunteers for its pioneering
ChildLine Schools Service, an ambitious
new service that will visit every primary school in the North East by 2016, to
help local children to understand abuse and how they can stay safe.  The £15,000 cash boost could help the NSPCC
recruit, train and support five volunteers in the north east during their first
year with the Schools Service.
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