Golf day gives health charities £5k shot in the arm

Moves like Jagger: The winning team of the KM Golf Day at Ashford Golf Club.
Picture: Ian Scammell, Oyster Bay Photography

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Good-hearted golfers got into the swing of things on Thursday to raise more than £5,000 for healthcare charities and children’s wellbeing.

Nineteen teams took part in an informal competition at Ashford Golf Club organised by the KM Charity Team and Tesco’s Ashford stores.

Knocking title-holders MHA MacIntyre Hudson off their perch was Team Jagger, on 91 points. Teams from Canterbury firm House Electrical and Ashford company PSR Lighting and Signs were hot on their heels in second and third place respectively, both with 90 points.

But sadly no-one won the £10,000 prize for scoring a hole in one on the 18th hole.

Ryder Cup tickets, signed memorabilia from Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and the Arsenal football team, plus a round at the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal were sold in a charity auction, raising nearly £2,000.

The £5,500 raised from the whole day will be split between Tesco’s charities of the year, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK, and the KM Charity Team’s work in schools promoting reading, walking to school and road safety.

The day was supported by Barclays Bank, who matched the money raised in the raffle, Accounting Workshop, Rift Group and Keaveney Contractors.

Organiser and Tesco community champion Mary Daly said: “It has been brilliant. The atmosphere has been fantastic.

“It’s just a great testament to Kent, the way people have supported these great charities. This is what life’s all about – giving back and helping people in need.”

James Halligan, from Accounting Workshop, who also entered the competition, added: “We had a wonderful team – including one lady who’d never played golf before.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity both to support local charities, and for local businesses to get to know each other. We all spend all day working, without the opportunity to actually engage with and meet each other – and there’s a lot we can do to help each other, as well as to help the charities we’re supporting today.”

If you’re up for a charity challenge, the KM Charity Team organise a variety of events including abseils, an assault course, a colour run, a bike ride and a 10-mile walk – and some of next year’s events are already open for booking at kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking. Enter the code KMNEWS18 for a discount on the price.

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