BIG-HEARTED golfers in Hartlepool certainly know how to get into the swing of things for charity.
Seaton Golf Club has now raised more than £60,000 for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s palliative care service.
Trust chiefs say the money makes a big difference by allowing people to receive care in their own home, which is a form of treatment which is becoming increasingly popular.
The golfers did it by holding yet another fundraiser and once again came up with an impressive sum for the service.
Over the last 18 years the club has held a golf day for the service, raising more than £3,000 each time for the trust.
All funds raised go to helping the service improve what it does which is to care for patients with life limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families and friends.
Macmillan clinical nurse specialist Jason Black visited the club to accept a cheque and to thank them for their phenomenal efforts.
He said: “What Seaton Golf Club do for us every year is absolutely fantastic.
“These funds go straight back into palliative care at the trust and help improve the service. More and more people want to be cared for in their own home and this money helps us to do this. Being able to be cared for at home can make a huge difference to patients.
“We really do appreciate all the support and funding we have had from the golf club over the years – we can not thank them enough for their generosity.”
The event was organised by committee member Ian Phillips and club secretary Allison Malham.
Each year, the golf day sees up to 200 golfers pay to take part to win prizes. Lunch is included and the club is never short of volunteers to manage tombola and raffles.
Ian said: “We have had club members who have been cared for by the Macmillan palliative care service, so it is something which is close to our hearts.
“Every year people turn up to support the cause and it seems to continue to grow in popularity. It is one of our big events of the year – we want to give as much as we can to this fantastic service.”
The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated hospital and community services healthcare organisation which serves around 400,000 people in Hartlepool and Stockton as well as parts of County Durham.
Its services include the The University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees..