Synecore Charity Golf Day Welcomes 140 Golfers to Raise £25,000 for a Sunshine Coach

  • 18th July 2018
  • News

 Press Release

On Friday 13 July, local M&E Contractor, Synecore raised £25,000 at its second annual Charity Golf Day at Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club in Maidstone. The money raised has purchased a Variety Club Sunshine Coach for Bradstow School in Broadstairs, Kent – a residential home for children with severe autism and learning difficulties.

Based in Detling, Synecore provides mechanical and electrical services to businesses, restaurants, hotels and retailers nationwide. Once a year the M&E contractor hosts a golfing extravaganza to raise significant funds for a local children’s charity.

 

In October last year the Synecore Charity Golf Day raised £12,000 for Holding on Letting Go. This was far more than anticipated. Consequently, the Synecore team went to great lengths to more than double their target at this year’s event.

The beneficiary of the 2018 Synecore Charity Golf day – Bradstow School – was selected by Synecore and the Variety Club Golf Society to receive a Sunshine Coach. The vehicle will give the young residents greater access to the wider community as a group and to travel to many of the school’s external projects, as well as after school clubs and weekend activities.

Bradstow school is a residential home for children and young adults with severe intellectual disabilities, who are on the autistic spectrum continuum. The home currently cares for 63 children, 24 of whom are day students from the Kent region.

“Having adequate transport for students is essential,” explains Lorraine Hillier, Inclusion Development Manager at Bradstow School. “Being a residential home for many students, it is important that we have days out to local attractions, parks, the beach and the cinema, which allows our students to integrate into normal life.

“We have been in much need of a 14-seater coach for some time, as our classes usually include up to seven students, who each require one-on-one support. Thanks to Synecore’s Charity Golf Day, our brand new large Sunshine Coach means our students will have more freedom to enjoy educational and social experiences. We couldn’t be more grateful to Synecore for their generosity.”

The Variety Club Sunshine Coach scheme is a charity that provides school coaches for disadvantaged and disabled children. This charity relies upon businesses and individuals that are passionate about giving children of all abilities the opportunity to explore the outdoors and experience new adventures.

The Variety Club’s Golf Society is a sub-division of the charity that plays to those who love Golf in order to fundraise for new Sunshine Coaches. This year Synecore joined forces with The Golf Society to lay a special event to remember.

Synecore’s Managing Director, Paul Thomas was delighted with the outcome, “Last year we thought we had set the benchmark for our Charity Golf Days, but this year, we exceeded our expectations once more!

“Over 140 golfers joined us for 18 holes of golf at Tudor Park, with a two-tee start. This was a large number of guests for a golf day – one of the largest at Tudor Park – and feedback has been phenomenal. We have already received bookings for next year and will soon be setting a date. It was an altogether great day and we are amazed at the support and generosity of everyone involved.”

The Synecore Charity Golf Day comprised of several competitions throughout the day including Beat the Pro with Jamie Little, Nearest to Pin and Straightest Drive. Fortunately, the course remained light-hearted thanks to the all-day drinks cart, which included the generous donation of bottled water and popcorn from Synecore’s client Pret A Manger. The complimentary Jägermeister bar was a popular pitstop for many of the golfers too.

In the evening, a sparkling drinks reception was supplied by the Taste of Kent Award winners, Turner’s Cider. This was followed by a three-course evening meal, a charity auction and comedy by the legendary Adgar Brown.

“The best part of all was the presentation of the Sunshine Coach to the young people at Bradstow School,” explains Thomas. “This was the moment that made all our hard work seem really worthwhile, and our guests saw, first hand, how the event was making a difference to these young people.

“I would like to thank our loyal suppliers, clients and local businesses who supported the charity event. I’m always taken aback by the generosity of businesses that sponsor and contribute to our Charity Golf Day, it is very humbling. I would like to especially thank Edmundsons Electrical, who were our main event sponsors, Fileturn, Genco, EVS, R. Briggs, Inox Fabrications, Hushon, B&R Installations, Landall, SBS, TLS, Jarrovian Wealth, Decon, Vision Commercial Kitchens, Turners Cider, Pret A Manger and of course Tudor Park’s Golf team.”

Synecore is inviting other local businesses to get involved in its next Charity Golf Day. If you are business that would like the opportunity to network or engage with over 120 professionals from the construction industry, you can email news@synecore.co.uk.