North East-based technology solutions provider, Diamond Group, used its recent corporate golf day to raise money for local charity and client, Age UK Northumberland.
Diamond Group, which announced a three-year partnership with the charity earlier this year that will save it around £90,000, recently welcomed the charity’s service users to its offices for a home-cooked lunch, bingo and entertainment, and wanted to raise money to support its work.
John Burns, managing director of Diamond Group, said: “It’s a charity doing fantastic work, something I really believe in. It feels natural for me and the company to support Age UK Northumberland and I’m grateful so many people joined us for our golf day.
“I, and all the directors at Diamond would like to thank everyone who took part in the event for their generous support and donations, with a special thanks to Pam and Donna from Diamond and Rachel from Age UK Northumberland. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event next year!”
The event was held at Wearside Golf Club and after networking and a bacon sandwich, golfers headed out to the course. The undeniable victors were the Henderson team; winning best team, with their player Rob Briggs scooping longest drive and best individual score. Nearest the pin was awarded to Graeme Haswell of the Bluebell Care team.
Following the game, players enjoyed a delicious two-course lunch in the club house, followed by a raffle. Prizes had been donated generously by local businesses and included a bottle of Moet & Chandon, beauty treatment vouchers and a meal for two at Aspers Casino.
Rachel Todd, head of income generation and marketing at Age UK Northumberland, said: “We’re a small independent charity and we need support like this to sustain our services; Diamond Group has made a real difference to our charity. The work that the company has done to support us and the additional activities, welcoming our service users and raising money, is hugely appreciated.
“Loneliness in older people is a real issue in Northumberland and all of the services we provide work in some way to reduce social isolation and loneliness. The fundraising by Diamond Group will really help us to continue this work.”
The golf day raised £1200 in total which will be used to help older people across Northumberland. The company is continuing its commitment by sponsoring a table at the Age UK Northumberland Annual Dinner, to be held in October.
Photo 1: John Burns, managing director and owner of Diamond Group, presents Helen Mills, chief executive of Age UK Northumberland, with the fundraising cheque
Photo 2: The Diamond golf team, (L-R) Lee Watson, John Burns, Steve Air, David Beeson