Charities gain cash injection from golf tournament

Two Sutton Coldfield charities have received a cash injection following donations from a local golf tournament. The Norman Laud Association and Arthritis Research UK received cheques for £3,222 and £4,832 respectively from Second City’s 45th golf pro-am classic event. The tournament, which was sponsored by Spire Little Aston Hospital, took place at Little Aston Golf Club. Second City is the Midlands’ premier charity golf tournament. Established in 1967 to support Midland professional golf, the tournament originally took place over two days. In the early eighties the tournament changed to a one-day format and became a charity event. Since then, more than £265,000 has been raised for local charities. Jilly Cosgrove, tournament director for Second City Golf Tournaments, and Ruth Paulin, hospital director from Spire Little Aston, presented the cheques to representatives from the two charities. The Norman Laud Association provides quality respite care for children and adults with special needs. The charity also offers support to the families who cope under the most difficult circumstances. Jane Clarke, community fundraiser for The Norman Laud Association, said: “We want to thank the people who took part in the golf tournament to raise a significant amount for our charity. The money will ensure our home and respite services remain at a high standard.” Arthritis Research UK is a research charity that is dedicated to finding a cure for arthritis. It aims to educate and inform the general public, patients and health professionals on all aspects of arthritis and campaigns for treatment and support for people living with the condition.
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l-r) Jilly Cosgrove, tournament director for Second City, and Ruth Paulin, hospital director from Spire Little Aston, present the cheques to Sarah Cooke from Arthritis Research UK and Jane Clarke from The Norman Laud Association

Sarah Cooke, from Arthritis Research UK, said: “The donation will enable us to continue our research into curing a condition that affects people all of ages.” Jilly Cosgrove said: “We are very grateful to our team sponsors, sponsors and patrons that make every year a success and help to raise money for worthy causes. I’ll look forward to seeing some familiar faces at the next event as well as welcoming some new ones.” Teams are already signing up for the 46th second city charity golf pro-am classic, which will take place on Wednesday 11th July at Little Aston Golf Club. To get involved or find out more about the event, visit www.second-city.org.