With less than a month to go until our fifth Target charity golf day, we thought we’d take a look back and tell you a little bit more about what it takes to organise. At the helm are Chairman, Colin Spencer, who is our golf aficionado, and Office Manager, Bev Ryder Jones, organiser-in-chief..
Whether it’s recruiting teams to take part, tapping people up for raffle and auction prizes or putting together the packs for the teams on the day, thanks to their seamless organisation the day is always a great success.
Where it all began
Our first golf day took place in 2017 to mark our 40th anniversary and raised more than £6,000 for WellChild. In the intervening years, apart from an enforced break in 2020 due to Covid, we’ve raised more than £23,000 for charity.
While WellChild was our nominated charity for the first three years, last year marked our first year of support for Hope for Tomorrow, a charity that helps provide cancer care closer to patients’ homes thanks to their Mobile Cancer Care Units. And on Thursday 30 June, 22 teams of four will join us at Brickhampton Golf Club, to take to the course for 18 holes before enjoying a BBQ where the winners will be announced and the raffle drawn.
Bigger and better for 2022
“Something that originally started out as a one-off event to mark our 40th birthday is now very much a staple in Target’s calendar every year,” says Colin. “It’s a chance to invite clients, suppliers and friends of the business to come along and it’s always a fantastic day which, so far, we’ve been extremely lucky with weather-wise!
“This year is set to be our biggest event yet with 22 teams taking part and a two-tee start. We’ve also introduced a ‘best dressed’ award for the first time this year, so we’re hoping to see some excellent outfits on the day! Beat the pro, longest drive and nearest the pin also make a return. The whole Target team is looking forward to an enjoyable day and raising lots of money for Hope for Tomorrow.”
A well-oiled machine
Target’s Office Manager, Bev, is now an expert golf-day-organiser and makes sure everyone knows what’s happening on the day and who’s doing what. This not only means everything runs smoothly but helps us to raise such large sums of money.
“A lot of work goes into the organisation but it’s worth it in the end,” comments Bev. “We’ve made a few changes here and there over the years to improve things but mostly the format has stayed the same. We’re always hugely grateful to those who donate raffle or auction prizes, as well as obviously the teams themselves. We have some regulars now who have been kind enough to take part every year and it’s always nice to see some familiar faces!”
Make sure you’re following us on all our social channels as we’ll be sharing some photos and video, as well as the amount we raise for Hope for Tomorrow. And if you’re a cricket fan, or know someone who is, then why not bid on two tickets to day one or day two (Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July) of England’s re-arranged fifth test against India at Edgbaston. Email email@example.com with your bid and for which day.