Charity benefits from golf tournament

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HALES Ryder Cup Team Photo

Sellafield Ltd employees have raised a fantastic £4,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance ‘Pride of Cumbria’ by taking part in their annual golf event, which was held at the Whitehaven Golf Club, in West Cumbria.

Highly Active Liquor Evaporation and Storage (HALES) Ryder Cup was contested for the seventh year running between Sellafield Ltd teams from engineering and manufacturing, with manufacturing taking the lead and winning.

Stephen Lee, manufacturing team captain, said: “We have a long way to go to catch engineering but every win gets us a bit closer. Engineering had a clean sweep of the nearest the pins and longest drive with one of our team scoring a hole in one on the 8th.

The unprecedented total money raised is due to the hard work of many not least Colin Mitchell who took part in the Fred Whitton Challenge and biked 112 miles around the major passes of the Lake District adding a significant amount to the total raised”.

Engineering Captain Jim Bell said: “The new Club House at Whitehaven was exceptional for such an event and we hope to take advantage of all its facilities next year by adding evening entertainment to the presentations.

“Back in 2006 when this all began we raised about £500, now we are raising significantly more we have decided to support two charities in 2013. The two charities are Freeman Children’s Heart Unit and Give Us a Break, a much needed respite centre forWest Cumbria.”

The HALES golf society was founded in 2005 with approximately 12 members. The concept was developed as an aid to team building and the first Ryder Cup style tournament took place in 2006.

This year’s event attracted 68 golfers representing engineering and manufacturing teams, as well as five caddies and others who arrived for the evening presentations.