The annual Licensed Trade Charity Golf Final took place at Abbeydale Golf Club in Sheffield on Monday 11th September, with those in need from the pub and brewery industries set to reap the benefits from the funds raised.
Forty golfers took to the course representing a host of counties having battled through ten regional heats which in total raised over £11,000 for the work of the Licensed Trade Charity. The charity’s fundraising helps past and present workers from the drinks industry who are encountering problems with debt, housing, health and isolation, with a range of financial assistance, advice and counselling available.
The final was won in impressive fashion by the team of Thwaites Brewery and Napthens Solicitors, representing Lancashire having won their heat at Fleetwood Golf Club in July. Team captain David Hill said: “We were delighted to win the national final today, especially as it has supported the important work that the Licensed Trace Charity does”. They took on teams from as far away as Kent on the day, with Nottinghamshire team NewStreet Accounting the runners up and Yorkshire representatives Wetherby Sports Club in third place.
The final of the annual event was sponsored for the first time by Sheffield’s Park Dental Care, an established dental clinic in Ecclesfield which is part of United Dental Ltd. Park Dental Care’s Dr. Colin Hancock, who was at the final to present the winners with their trophy, said: “We are delighted to support such a worthy cause, with the Licensed Trade Charity offering lots of support to people going through difficult times, as well as helping their children through educational sponsorships”.
In 2016 the Licensed Trade Charity supported 288 families with a link to the drinks trade in a time of hardship, nearly 8,000 people making use of the information on its website and 664 people being helped via the charity’s helpline. From October 2017 anyone working in pubs, bars or breweries calling the helpline will be entitled to six free counselling sessions for emotional support.