Teeing off to help cancer charity

Peter Stoten (left), charity administrator for Daft As A Brush, and Longhirst Hall professional assistant Billy Kingsland.
Peter Stoten (left), charity administrator for Daft As A Brush, and Longhirst Hall professional assistant Billy Kingsland.

Golfers from across the region are to tee off to help a cancer support charity.

Dawson & Sanderson’s charity golf day will take place at Longhirst Hall Golf Club near Morpeth tomorrow, with the aim of raising almost £8,000 for Daft As A Brush.

The travel agency has been fund-raising all year to support Daft As A Brush’s free transport service for patients across the north of England.

Dozens of golfers have already signed up for the tournament, which takes a shotgun format with teams competing across Longhirst’s championship standard Dawson course.

Longhirst Hall’s director of golf Graham Chambers said: “It will be a fantastic day, with lots of teams already registered representing companies across the North East.

“We’re hoping to get some of the Newcastle United players along as well and have some signed footballs and shirts for the auction and raffle.

“It’s an amazing cause to support and hopefully the golf day will help Dawson & Sanderson smash its £20,000 fundraising target for Daft As A Brush.”

There are limited places left for those wanting to register for the golf day, at a cost of £180 for a team of four, which includes breakfast, warm up balls on the range, the tournament and a hog roast at the end of play.

The tournament will be followed by an auction and raffle.

To register a place on Dawson & Sanderson’s charity golf day, email info@longhirstgolf.co.uk or call (01670) 791562 option 4.

The travel agency has been supporting Daft As A Brush all year to help contribute towards the costs of the charity’s innovative service which collects cancer patients from their homes for hospital appointments before dropping them back home afterwards.

Staff have held cake bakes, tuck shops, bike rides, sponsored walks and runs and a zip wire dash from the Tyne Bridge to help beat the target.

Chris Harrison, managing director of Dawson & Sanderson, said: “Our charity campaign for Daft As A Brush has truly caught the imagination of our staff and customers and it looks like we will smash our £20,000 target at the golf day.

“It’s amazing that we can host the tournament at Longhirst as it’s the golf course that was set up by our founder Tommy Dawson and will take place on the championship course which regularly hosts matches on the PGA Europro Tour.”