GOLFERS from businesses in Birmingham and Warwickshire have raised £22,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice following a fundraiser at Olton Golf Club in Solihull.
The hospice, which has its headquarters in Wythall, provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and their families.
22 teams from local businesses, including Packington-based solicitors Meridian Private Client LLP, took to the greens of Olton golf club to play 18 holes of competitive golf and tackle technical challenges from local golfing professional, Ady Wheatcroft.
Organised by the Any Excuse for Golf Society (AEFGS) the event, which is now in its second year, beat the amount raised last year by over £7,000.
Proceeds raised came from an auction of items from some of Birmingham’s top restaurants, signed sporting memorabilia and the sale of home-made baked goods and refreshments provided by a team of volunteers from the businesses supporting and sponsoring the event.
Chairman of the AEFGS and Partner at Meridian Private Client, Mark Abrol, said: “Acorns Children’s Hospice does both vital and important work to help families throughout the Midlands and our Society felt privileged to support them and help to raise awareness of their care services.
“Our society is now in its 23rd year and during this time we have established a longstanding and loyal membership who came together to support this initiative.
“The generosity of our sponsors has been invaluable; critical to making the event a success.
“I thank them, and our hosts at Olton Golf Club, for tirelessly supporting us again this year”.
Chairman of Trustees at Acorns Children’s Hospice, Mark Hopton, said, “The AEFGS golf day is representative of how community spirit and business sponsorship can make a real, tangible difference for regional charities.
“This year we have supported 945 families across the West Midlands and the funds we receive from events such as these are vital for our ongoing work to provide essential and specialist, palliative care services to babies, children, young people and their families”.