Sellafield Ltd golf comp strengthens charity links

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Sixty-eight Sellafield Ltd workers took part in their version of the Ryder Cup

A group of Sellafield Ltd workers gave up their time for charity to take part in an annual golf contest at the Whitehaven golf club, helping to raise £4,000 for two worthy causes.

The tournament saw a team of engineers go up against colleagues from the manufacturing department to claim the ‘HALES Ryder cup’ and the coveted trophy for a record seventh year.

The HALES ‘Ryder cup’ was founded in 2006 by members of the company’s HALES (Highly Active Liquer Evaporation and Storage) team. They named the competition after the famous Europe versus USA golf competition, held every two years.  Now in its ninth year, the ‘HALES’ version has raised thousands of pounds for local charities, with this years funds going to Wasdale Mountain Rescue and the Polycystic Kidney Disease charity.

Jim Bell, a lead engineer for HALES said: “Conditions this year were perfect, the golf course was the best I have ever seen it, unlike last year when we were playing in torrential rain. We had a great turnout and with the help of a £1,600 donation from Sellafield Ltd we raised £4,000 for charity.

“This brings the total raised since the HALES Ryder Cup was founded to around £25,000 for charities nominated by the Sellafield Ltd workforce. Speaking on behalf of the Ryder Cup Society, we do want to say that none of this would be possible without the fantastic support that is given by many members of our supply chain, so we’d like to extend our thanks to all of them.”

Plans are already in place for the tenth Ryder Cup which will be held on 11th September 2015 in aid of Hospice at Home West Cumbria and the Autistic Society. If anyone would like to get involved or make a donation please contact either Jim Bell 01945776449 or Stephen Lee 01946785199.