Onward and upwards!
The regional team from Lancashire won the national Licensed Trade Charity Golf Final at Abbeydale Golf Club in Sheffield on Monday 11th September. In the process they helped the charity raise over £11,000 to benefit those in need from the pub and brewery industries.
The team of four from Napthens Solicitors and Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn qualified for the final by winning the Lancashire heat at Fleetwood Golf Club in July. On Monday they were amongst forty golfers who gathered to represent a host of counties from as far away as Kent, 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.
Captain David Hill, who was joined in the Lancashire team by Chris Wright, Paul Hands and Chris Hibbert, said: “We were delighted to win the national final today, and proud to support the important work that the Licensed Trace Charity does”. The runners-up were Nottinghamshire team NewStreet Accounting with 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.
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Sponsor: Sidney Phillips
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