Thousands raised as school benefits from fund-raiser

Steve Miller from AA Taxis, hands over �2,300 to Susan Angus, Jill English and Sara Hall and students from Class 1 at Barndale House School. Picture by Michael Pearson
Steve Miller from AA Taxis, hands over �2,300 to Susan Angus, Jill English and Sara Hall and students from Class 1 at Barndale House School. Picture by Michael Pearson

A charity golf day, which is hoped to be the first event of an annual series, has been hailed a success, raising more than £2,000.

The fund-raiser took place on Saturday, September 26, at Alnwick Castle Golf Club and was organised by Steve Miller, who runs AA Taxis.

The £2,300 that the day brought in will go towards an outdoor swing for the nursery at Barndale House School.

“We do a school contract there with a couple of kids and I know people in the Alnwick area who have got kids there,” explained Steve in August.

“We know how tough it is for the staff there to do their jobs and how it will help the children.”

The golf was for four-person teams, playing from a shotgun start, where all the teams tee off at the same time at different holes, meaning a maximum of 18 teams.

All 18 places, costing £50 per team to include a meal, were taken up.

The overall winner on the day was the transnational team, Three Jocks and an Oz.

“It went really well,” said Steve. “The weather was spot-on and everyone supported it really well.

“The local businesses enjoyed it and the money raised for the cause was good.

“Barndale was very appreciative when I told them how much we had raised.”

Steve added that there were ‘so many people to thank’ and he is grateful to everyone who helped on the day and the local community.

Prior to the golf day, Steve had said he hoped that it could become an annual fund-raiser, so did the success of the inaugural event encourage him on that front?

“Absolutely,” he said. “I did mention it to everyone there that I will be looking for sponsorship for next year from a local business and they can choose the local charity.

“If not, I will sponsor it, but it would be good if a local business joined in and we could make it a yearly thing.”

Steve is likely to start looking at the 2016 event in April next year.