GENEROUS golfers swung into action at a Warwickshire club to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Barnardo’s.
A hundred players gathered at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club for a special competition last week.
They then enjoyed a dinner and auction offering rare sporting items including framed and signed British Lions shirts.
By the end of the day, they had raised an impressive £35,000 to support Barnardo’s work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.
The Charity Golf Day was hosted by Barnardo’s as part of a two-and-a-half year partnership with Network Rail, whose staff have voted to support the charity through a series of fundraising and volunteering opportunities.
It was attended by players from across the UK’s rail industry.
Barnardo’s corporate relationship manager Bridget Dawson said: “We are sincerely grateful to the Network Rail volunteers for helping us to organise such an amazing fundraising event.
“We had a hundred golfers taking part in the competition and then 120 people joined us at the dinner in the evening.
“The most popular auction prizes were offers to produce bespoke corporate films which raised more than £11,000, signed British Lions shirts which raised £1,800 and a remote-controlled mini Land Rover which raised £1,000.
“Some of the winning bidders generously donated their prizes back to Barnardo’s so that we could use them again elsewhere and raise even more money.”
Bridget added: “Last year we supported 272,000 children, young people, and families through almost a thousand services across the UK, helping them to transform their lives and fulfil their potential.
“However, we can only achieve this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our fundraisers, which is why Network Rail’s support is so vitally important.”