Golf day goes to a tee for charity

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HUNDREDS of people clubbed together to help raise £25,000 for an anti-bullying charity.

The Red Balloon Golf Day, held at Woburn Golf Club, helped to raise the much needed funds for the Red Balloon charity.

The charity works to help children who have been severely bullied through the provision of short-term educational and therapeutic activities.

It is the only charity in the UK which specialises in working with severely bullied children and helps to improve their confidence through a number of one-to-one and small group work.

The cost of helping just one child at a Red Balloon Learner Centre is around £18,000, with the cost of starting up a centre priced at around £250,000. The charity now has centres in Cambridge, Merseyside, North West London, Norwich and Preston.

On the day guests were greeted at 8am to sign in for a briefing before a 18-hole Stableford competition began with a shotgun start – meaning that all 25 teams competing started simultaneously on each of the 18 holes.

The golfing side of the day ended around 3pm with golfers then invited to a reception and three-course dinner.

An auction and raffle was held later to raise more vital funds for the charity.

John Gorse, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was a wonderful and memorable day and it proved to be a huge success with a lot of money raised for a fantastic charity.

“The day was such a success that we have already booked the day again at the same club for 2012. Now we are just hoping that next year can prove to be just as good.”