Charity Golf Day – Reporter Alex Johnston-Seymour

The last year has been tough for so many people, with lockdown having such a detrimental effect. The Breathing Space team were keen to raise money for a local charity that provides mental health and wellbeing support.  

We chose Charity TCD & Lukes Lads which was set up to support socially isolated individuals and groups.   From new mothers to the elderly  (Charity TCD) to men’s suicide prevention (Lukes Lads), by offering, fitness, wellbeing and dance sessions in the local community.

Our charity fund raising efforts are driven by Annalie Ellis at Breathing Space, who is passionate about charity work and she suggested hosting a charity golf event.

As our MD Suzie Bogle is a regular player and client services partner Clare Morgan had one lesson under her belt, we went for it!

Location the 18-hole championship Willow Valley Golf course in Brighouse.

Fast forwarding a month, the event is taking shape with an ever-growing attendance of both Breathing Space clients and local businesses.

Annalie has already started making remarkable headway in encouraging these groups to contribute to the fundraiser, already surpassing the goal of one thousand pounds. There would be a raffle offering luxury items including a smart TV, golfing goodies, plus some fabulous contributions from our clients and local businesses, some of which were from our Sunny Bank Mills community.

The Event

The 17th of September arrived as did all the teams to discover a beautiful sunny day.  Members of our office (the event crew) were all wearing brand new Breathing Space HR vegan polo shirts ordered from local business Work-Wear Crew, and we liked them ALOT!

Our team, Suzie, Annalie, Alex, Billie and Clare were present to greet the teams and follow the story of the day.  Alex taking charge of photography, video, social media and networking (driving the buggy). Annalie running the show and keeping us all on track, whilst selling an amazing amount of raffle tickets.   It was great to see the event in full swing – marvelling at those who were experienced golfers while being entertained by those who perhaps needed a lesson or two just to get them to swing in the right direction.

Progressing the day to the evening dinner and raffle – the crowd were brought together, having raised in excess of three thousand pounds for Luke’s Lads and TCD.   We were feeling both proud of the achievement and slightly exhausted from running around the huge golf course in the late summer sun.

The winners of the golf competition were Vintage Cash Cow, who apparently had a large handicap, presumably because they were not expecting to score so many birdies!

We want to thank everyone that supported the event whether you bought a raffle ticket, donated, attended the event, or sponsored a hole. The results of your efforts will make a real difference for the benefit of so many.

If you’d like to see us in action, here’s a link to the video of the day. https://youtu.be/NTI6dcSuq80