The weather started off over-cast, and some of the Abatec team were worried it might rain (well, one, who turned up with a huge coat!) but soon after our arrival at Mendip Spring Golf Club, the sun broke through the clouds and shone over our charity golf day.
Our guests arrived at around 9.30 for registration and the all-important, coffee and a bacon roll and we couldn’t have wished for a more generous bunch! There was some serious golf being played throughout the day… as well as some not-so-serious golf, but good fun was had by all including our fabulous Abatec team who spent the day ensuring that our golfers had everything they needed.
All the score cards were handed in; some were happy with their game and some were blaming the intense heat for a bad round, but it was all smiles after a good day on the course! After a quick drink at the bar, people started to descend on the dining room ready for the meal. There were a few words from our managing director Phil Davies, followed by Liz Turner from Weston Hospicecare who stood to tell us a little about the hospice and the palliative care they provide to people in the community with life-limiting illnesses. We were all reminded of the fantastic work that the hospice provides and just how important fund raising is for them.
The much-anticipated auction was to follow. With prizes including a Manchester United shirt signed by Ryan Giggs, tickets for a private box at Bath Rugby, spa treatments for two at The Spa at Cadbury House and several games of golf at clubs around the south west and beyond; the atmosphere was competitive to say the least. Our generous audience and our brilliant auctioneer, Keith Edginton together managed to raise a huge amount of money in the auction alone.
Next up was the raffle. Prizes were donated to the raffle in the weeks running up to our event, but they did not stop coming in until the very last minute before the raffle began, meaning there truly was a treasure trove of prizes available. Tickets had been on sale throughout the day, but needless to say, there was a last minute scramble for extra tickets from people hoping to bag a prize. Kelly Evans did a great job announcing the winning raffle numbers and there were some very happy faces throughout the room.
Once all the last donations had come in and were counted, we were able to announce the final amount raised for Weston Hospicecare. We were stunned and humbled to have raised £10,200!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who organised the event, to Mendip Spring Golf Club for hosting, to all the Abatec team who helped support and run the day.
Another huge thank you to everyone who came and took part, and finally, to everyone to donated – big or small, every last penny helped raise an incredible amount of money for a wonderful charity. We were truly humbled by everyone’s generosity.
Same time, next year :-)