CommsProvider charity golf day a runaway success
The inaugural charity golf day staged by regional telecoms company CommsProvider is expected to raise an estimated £3,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA). (Wed, Sept 4)
A total of 68 players competed in the stableford event, held at Bingley St Ives Golf Club, with a foursome from Bradford IT services company KS Services – managing director Paul Kelt, sales director Richard Kelt and customers Graham Braithwaite and David Hindle – taking the team prize.
Chris Berry, of Leeds-based Liquid Voice, posted the best individual points tally, with Paul Kelt and David Hindle also chipping in again when landing nearest the pin prizes. Craig Wintersgill, of Naylor Wintersgill in Bradford, had the longest drive, with a special prize for guessing the number of balls lost on the day – a whacking 125 in total – falling to CommsProvider’s Dan Farmer.
MC at the presentation ceremony was CommsProvider’s sales manager Stuart Pollard, who thanked all companies which had taken part in, supported and sponsored the event, among them headline sponsor O2, and others who had donated prizes for a charity auction.
Prizes were presented by Nicky Massen, West & South Yorkshire regional fundraising manager for the YAA, and Carrie Cheeseman, of Morley, Leeds, who was flown to hospital by helicopter after suffering horrific injuries in a road traffic accident.
Nicky outlined the vital life-saving role of the YAA, which is funded entirely by donations from businesses and the general public, while Carrie, now recovered and a true champion of the YAA, spoke about her ordeal and her gratitude to the service, which she believes saved her life. Also present were aircrew paramedics John Baxter and Darrel Cullen.
Thanks were also paid to the CommsProvider team responsible for organising the company’s first-ever charity golf day, staged on the back of solid business performance and growth. It may now become an annual event.
Both CommsProvider and its mobile phone recycling arm MPRO are members of the YAA’s Yorkshire Business Supporters Network. Mike Bower, chairman of CommsProvider, said: “Our inaugural golf day was a runaway success, raising money for a fantastic and crucial cause, which deserves all the support it can get, while also allowing like-minded Yorkshire businesses to network.”
Nicky Massen said: “We are extremely grateful to CommsProvider – and everyone involved in staging this inaugural event – for supporting the YAA. As an independent charity, we rely solely on individuals, groups and corporate supporters like CommsProvider to help us raise the £9,990 we need each and every day to keep our two air ambulances flying and saving lives across the region.”
Established in 2010, CommsProvider operates from purpose-built 10,000 sq ft premises near Halifax, West Yorkshire, offering a dedicated account management, support, repair and fault resolution portfolio on behalf of an expanding nationwide customer base.
Pic caption: Pictured at the CommsProvider golf day presentation ceremony are, standing from left, Carrie Cheeseman and Nicky Massen, of the YAA, and members of the KS Services’ winning foursome – David Hindle, Paul Kelt, Graham Braithwaite and Richard Kelt. Kneeling are CommsProvider’s Zola Ezzati and YAA aircrew paramedics John Baxter and Darrel Cullen.