Charity was the winner this week, after more than £3000 was raised for good causes at a major golf event.
The ITPS Cellular Solutions Masters, which took place at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall on June 28, saw 80 golfers from across the North East’s business community and beyond put their skills to the test in aid of The Percy Hedley Foundation and The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.
The golf day was hosted by Cellular Solutions and ITPS, a provider of IT consultancy, implementation, data centre services and unified communications, which has offices in Gateshead and London.
We have collaborated with ITPS on a number of major charity events for the two charities in the past.
The ITPS Cellular Solutions Masters featured a range of competitions including Nearest The Pin and Beat The Pro, and guests enjoyed dinner at Close House’s Lee Westwood Suite following the day’s golf.
Funds for both charities were raised by donations from participants and the sale of Mulligan Balloons, with Barclays Bank matching the money raised on the day on a pound for pound basis.
The Percy Hedley Foundation provides specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families. It supports disabled people with cerebral palsy, communication impairments, sensory impairments and complex learning, social care and therapeutic needs.
The Chronicle Sunshine Fund provides specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East of England. It works with individuals, groups, registered organisations, special and mainstream schools and hospitals.
Mike Bowers, managing director of Cellular Solutions, said: “We’d like to thank all of the golfers who came along on the day for making the event such a fantastic success and we’re extremely grateful for their generous donations. In addition, Close House proved to be a magnificent venue and we’d like to thank the team at the venue for their help.
“The Percy Hedley Foundation and The Chronicle Sunshine Fund are charities which are very close to our hearts, and make a huge difference to disabled people and their families in the North East. It’s particularly pleasing to see that these organisations are able to make an immediate impact for the people that they support.
“As a North East-based company, we are firmly committed to supporting our local community and IT is heartening to see our staff and customers embracing the work of two regional organisations who provide a vital service and, over many decades, have improved the lives of countless families.”
Garry Sheriff, managing director of ITPS, added: “ITPS has played a part in supporting our local community from our first day of business 17 years ago. We have always taken our Corporate Social Responsibility seriously and in line with this have maintained a 14 year relationship with the Chronicle Sunshine Fund and an ever growing relationship with the Percy Hedley Foundation. Other events see us supporting charities such as St Oswald’s Hospice and Great North Air Ambulance along with a range of smaller charities as occasions arise.
“Helping charities from our region is predominantly what made us choose The Chronicle Sunshine Fund and The Percy Hedley Foundation however, seeing first-hand how our contributions make life-changing improvements to the beneficiaries’ standard of living has kept us loyal to these funds for the many years we have supported them.”
Sheila Coltman, corporate fundraising and partnerships manager at The Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “We really do appreciate the amazing and continued support both ITPS and Cellular Solutions give to us. The golf day is always a lovely event and it’s great to see the same faces showing up and supporting us year in year out.
“The money raised will help us make a huge difference to the lives of disabled children, young people and adults in the North East and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making another successful event.”
Caroll Pattison, fund manager for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, added: “Thank you so much to Cellular Solutions and ITPS for raising money for the Sunshine Fund through their golf day. They are fabulous supporters of ours and have raised thousands for us over the years. The money raised will buy specialist equipment for North East disabled children from our Go Bananas appeal. Also thank you to their guests, who gave so generously. What a super way to raise money whilst having fun!”