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17 June

Golfers get into the swing for Emergency Department

ED golf day

A golf day in aid of the Emergency Department has raised over £2,000.

The event, organised by clinical site coordinator Graeme Aitken, saw 50 golfers head to Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club near Romford to enjoy 18 holes, dinner and a disco.

After a bacon roll and a coffee for breakfast, the players hit the course for some sociable fourballs whilst taking regular refreshment breaks at the on-course drinks buggies.

After the last group had putted out on the 18th, the golfers enjoyed a carvery dinner followed by an award presentation, raffle and auction.

Then, with competitive spirit running high, the group headed back out onto the course for a longest drive and putting competition before continuing the party late into the night.

“I was absolutely delighted with the day,” said Graeme, who would like the money to go towards buying a new bladder scanner. 

“We had 50 golfers and, for our first charity day for Mid Essex, that was a really good number. Stapleford Abbotts were so accommodating I’ve already booked in for 2020.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and especially the golf clubs who donated prizes; Crondon Park, Chelmsford Golf Club, Foxhill in Surrey, Ralston in Paisley, Stapleford Abbotts, Torquay Golf Club, Poult Wood Golf Club in Kent. We were also sent golf balls from Titleist, and golf wear from Glunmuir so we went international with the prizes!

“I should also thank Freddie Young for DJing and Trophyland for the trophies. Neither of them charged us a penny.”

Next year, Graeme is keen to make the event bigger and better. “You get some golf days that are really serious, whereas this is a big social event and it’s a really fun day. Everyone is up for a good time, we had a great party afterwards. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible from Broomfield to come along next time.”

Charlotte Jefcoate, Mid Essex Hospitals Charity's fundraising coordinator, said: “Graeme organised a brilliant event and it was so great to see so many people out on the course supporting the charity and enjoying themselves. It was such fun, we’re already looking forward to next year, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to Graeme and his friends and family for the all the effort they put in to making the day a success.”