Four put the tee in charity effort

January 28, 2013 Uncategorized

Four Company golfers got fund-raising off to a tee when they were invited to take part in a charity tournament by Barclays.  Head of Service Transition Paul McKinnon, Support Manager Nick Hunt, Heads of Site John Stewart and Duncan Blackwell respectively, took things to a whole new level in the competition for the 2nd Barclays Supplier Trophy (BeST).

They were among 34 teams battling it out at Northamptonshire’s Whittlebury Hall Golf Club and helped to raise more than £31,000 for four charities – Dogs for the Disabled, The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Mind and Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

“It was a little bit chilly, but an excellent day and we don’t do enough of this sort of event,” reports Paul, who regularly plays a round with his team mates and other work colleagues during the season. “It’s a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship with our Clients and expand your network of contacts in a relaxed environment.  When you then meet or talk in a professional capacity, you feel a much more connected . . . and to top it all, it’s great to get a day off to play golf.”

While freely admitting that none of the four ever expected to win the big title, Paul is delighted that they scored a resounding win over this particular rival team – and he did not come away empty handed. He won an experience day in the raffle which he’s generously given away as a gift.

“There were about 30 things to choose from but none of them really floated my boat,” he confesses. And when he picked up two tickets to a Manchester United game in an auction, held as part of the day’s fund-raising efforts, he promptly handed them over to his staunch supporter dad who was then able to take a buddy to the match.