Second Annual Red Balloon Golf Day raises £18,500

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The second National Red Balloon Golf Day held at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday was a great success.

Jason O’Malley, General Manager at Woburn Golf Club, presented trophies to the winning team – Cepac (pictured here with Ian Holloway, Volunteer Chair of the Organising Committee, second from right) - who completed the Duke’s Course with an impressive score of 90. The event, which attracted 18 teams, raised about £18,500.

The day followed a similar format to last year, with the teams arriving at 8am for breakfast and a briefing of ‘Allowances and Rules’. Volunteers from Woburn Golf Club supported Red Balloon during the day, ensuring that players could focus on their game and do their utmost to win any of the four team and six individual skill prizes on offer. Red Balloon was very fortunate to be able to offer a new Lexus CT200h from the Milton Keynes Lexus dealership and nearly new Volvo C30 as prizes for holes-in-one on the 12th and 6th holes.

The competition, made more challenging by the varied weather, was followed by a reception and three-course dinner. Dr Carrie Herbert MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Red Balloon, spoke about the need for Red Balloon, before introducing a Red Balloon student currently recovering at Red Balloon – Cambridge.

Following the student’s speech there was fierce bidding for golfing and non-golfing lots, all of which were kindly donated by individuals and organisations. A raffle was drawn by Andy Chilton of Yell Group, who took the opportunity to encourage Corporate organisations to get involved wherever possible, and provided some insight into how Yell Group enabled Red Balloon – Reading to open its doors to students earlier this year.

Commenting on the day, Carrie Herbert said: “We are very grateful to Woburn Golf Club, its Professional Shop and its Members for their support and are indebted to the Lexus Milton Keynes Dealership and MK Dons for their support. Our wholehearted appreciation is extended to the players, donors and guests for their generosity and help in ensuring the day was such a success. All funds raised will be used to help us open new Red Balloon Learner Centres.”