Charity Golf Day

Businesses turned out to support Rotary charities at the recent Charity Golf Day held at Oake Manor. Over £3,000 was raised in sponsorship donations. The sun shone out despite threats of rain and teams enjoyed a convivial lunch together.


Local businesses have stepped up to the mark to support the Rotary Club of Taunton’s Centenary Charity Golf Day in aid of local charities. President David Lewis said, ‘it is the generous donations from our sponsors in the local business community that make it possible for us to support those in need, especially at this difficult time of rising prices’.

In the last year the Club supported more than 15 local events and organisations and money raised by the golf day, in this, the Club’s centenary year, will once again be used to support local charities, individuals and Rotary projects. In particular, the Club is supporting the Citizens Advice Taunton who report rising numbers of individuals accessing their service for help and advice on money issues and worries about how they will afford rising energy costs.

Jon Shoesmith, Chief Executive, of the CA Taunton said, ‘we are grateful to Taunton Rotary for making us one of their nominated charities and we really appreciate the support of local businesses for those in need’.

Major sponsors of the golf day include: motor dealer group Vospers, local jeweller Michael Spiers, developer Platinum Skies. A host of other sponsors include: Calvert Retail, Hickleys, Coombers, Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Henley Gelato, Jackson-Stops, Perfection Tools, QED Wealth, Robert Cooney, Somerset Motor Homes, Stags, Summerfield, Tile and Bath and Wilkie Tuckwood and May.

Asked why Vospers wanted to support the event, and with such a generous donation, Managing Director, Nick Vosper, said, ‘Vospers is a family business set up by my grandfather in 1946. We operate across the Southwest and want to ensure we do our bit to support the communities in our area, including Taunton. As a company we have a set of core values we operate by, supporting this event aligns with those values, Care, Accountability, Performance, Respect, and Integrity. The good work of the Rotary Club of Taunton, in its Centenary Year, is the kind of thing we want to support.’

Nick also added, ‘as a business, we are impressed with Taunton’s Rotary Club’s focus on securing business support for community matters and wanted to ensure that we played our part’.

The charity golf day has become a regular event for Taunton Rotary Club and one which links business and local charities to raise ever vital money to be used for the good of the local community. The winning team this year was The Bigwoods, with team members, Mark Ramsden, Alan Vickery, Keith Bigwood and Steph Bristow from Bigwoods Agri Ltd based in Taunton.

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