Rain couldn’t stop play at the Royal Automobile Club in Epsom as 22 teams battled it out during a golfing fundraiser organised by the charity Action For A-T and sponsored by CAST on Tuesday 28 September 2021.
Raising just under £14,000 in the process, 88 people in teams of four played their way through 18 holes in the name of charity. While the weather started out bright, the rain arrived mid-morning but wasn’t enough to put off the hardy golfers.
Analysis in June 2020 by independent charity Pro Bono Economics predicted a £6.4bn loss of income over the six months to December 2020 for the UK’s 170,000 charities, leaving one in 10 potentially facing bankruptcy. Smaller, local charities are especially exposed to the crisis. This context makes events like this golf day even more critical.
David N, Nic B, Paul G and Rupert G from Centurion won the team competition with an impressive score of 93 points. An auction, silent auction and raffle boosted the funds raised, with prizes including holidays and rounds of golf at some of the UK’s most prestigious courses.
Haslemere based Action for A-T raises money to fund research into the rare condition Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T). A-T is a rare, genetic degenerative disease of childhood, which affects multiple systems of the human body, shortening the lifespan of anyone with the condition.
We sponsored the golf day for Action for A-T because of how important medical research is in finding a cure for this illness that affects children. The money raised this week brings the total amount raised or donated by the agency in the last 4 years to £34,000.
Andy Watts, said: “This was a brilliant event to raise some much-needed money for a small charity with big aims. We all know how much charity donations have reduced during Covid with their ability to organise vital events like this taken away.
“Seeing so many people together after the tribulations of the last 18 months was really gratifying, and it was brilliant to catch up with clients and contacts in person on the golf course, all in aid of a great cause.”
Sean Kelly, Action for A-T chief executive, commented: “It was a lively day and so great to see so many people willing to turn up and play a round of golf to help raise funds. We were delighted to have Jeremy Guscott, one of our patrons, host the day and play in the CAST team.
“There was obvious delight at people being able to meet up together again and a real appetite to make the most of the day catching up with contacts old and new.”
Former England and British Lions rugby player Jeremy Guscott said: “Being a patron of Action for A-T means I can help to raise funds for medical research, and raise awareness of the charity and their mission to find a cure for A-T. The golf days are always great to be a part of and they help to raise a great amount of money to continue with the charity’s mission.”
We will host our next Action for A-T golf day at the Centurion Club in St Albans on Tuesday 10 May 2022. If you are interested in entering a team and helping to raise money for this brilliant charity, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can donate to Action For A-T by clicking here.