Golfers get in the charity swing

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Gilmore presenting the cheque to staff from Calvert Trust Kielder.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Gilmore presenting the cheque to staff from Calvert Trust Kielder.

GOLFERS got in the swing for charity to raise almost £20,000 in an annual competition.

The Northumbria Police Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament saw more than 20 teams battle gale-force winds and torrential rain to compete at Matfen Hall.

The region’s professional golfers joined in to help raise funds, which benefited a number of good causes.

The main beneficiary was The Calvert Trust Kielder, which provides outdoor adventures for disabled people and their families, as it picked up a cheque for £12,500.

Other charities to receive cash were Over The Wall, Slaley Group Riding for the Disabled Association and Gateshead Crossroads Care.

Committee Chairman Assistant Chief Officer Bernie McCardle said: “It’s fantastic we’ve been able to help so many deserving causes this year.

“The weather certainly made for testing conditions for all the golfers, but it’s to their credit that no one gave up.

“I’d like to thank all those who took part and dug deep to contribute to the event. It is down to the continuing commitment from all our sponsors and supporters that the tournament is such a success each year.

“Even in these difficult economic times it is heartening that organisations and individuals have come forward to help achieve such a substantial amount for local good causes.”