Teaming up and teeing off for Samaritans at charity golf day

More than seventy golfers, a couple of football legends, an iconic venue and a signed tie belonging to Sir Alex Ferguson all helped Samaritans’ Charity Golf Day to go with a swing on Monday 8 August.

The fundraising event was held at Rotherham Golf Club, which is home to Masters Champion Danny Willett, who is currently representing Team GB at the Olympics in Rio.

Teams hoping for glory themselves teed off in sunny but breezy conditions, with legendary Sheffield United and England footballer Tony Currie returning to the Clubhouse victorious, with a winning score of 87 in a team that also included fellow Blades player Ted Hemsley.

Tony Currie said: “There were a few bad shots here and there, but we played as a team and, with two to score, we did quite well. Playing golf and combining it with supporting a charity is a real privilege. Anyone might need to call Samaritans - at different times we all need help. I hope today really puts Samaritans on the map, especially with men, so that many more reach out for support.”

Rotherham-based environmental services business SME Ltd hosted the day, with support from a range of local companies and organisations, including the emergency services and Network Rail. Before completing the majestic parkland course, golfers were treated to a bacon butty breakfast, and welcomed back to the Clubhouse for dinner, prize presentations and a charity auction. Popular lots included golf merchandise, tickets for this year’s Masters and football memorabilia including a photo of Paul Gasgoigne and Vinnie Jones and a tie signed by former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

SME Ltd’s Managing Director Mark McGrail said: “The spirit has been fantastic, it’s an amazing venue and a really important issue that affects so many people.  We work with the rail industry and have connections with people who’ve been affected in different ways when someone has taken their own life. I’d like to thank everyone involved for being so generous with their time and support. Funds raised today will help ensure that Samaritans are there to listen to anyone who is struggling and work across our communities to keep more people safe.”

South Yorkshire’s Safer Roads Partnership and South Yorkshire Police cadets were represented at the event too, with the force’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Jason Harwin, even lending a hand as charity auctioneer.

Trevor Bernard, Group Manager for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We work closely with Samaritans and today is a great opportunity to promote the incredible work they do. I’ve seen so many people who think they have no one to turn to, people who are suffering in silence. Anyone can contact Samaritans, in confidence, and if we can raise more awareness then we will give more people hope.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Image captions. Header image: Ready to tee off with Golf Day organisers SME Ltd’ MD Mark McGrail ( front, 3rd left) and Operations Manager Scott Roberts (front, 1st left). Anyone can contact Samaritans, you don’t have to be suicidal. Winning team: (l to r): Ian Whitehorn, former Sheffield United players Ted Hemsley and Tony Currie, Chris Nicholson.
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