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Golfers put charity to the ‘fore’

GOLFERS from across the North East braved the elements to tee off for charity at a special fundraising event – and smashed their £3,000 target.

Around 140 players took part in the PK Motors Golf Day at Matfen Hall Hotel’s 27-hole golf course – and raised money for the Lily Foundation, a national charity set up to support children and families affected by Mitochondrial Disease

The disease prevents the body’s cells from producing sufficient energy and can lead to seizures, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, diabetes and fatigue.

Teams teed off at timed starts throughout the day with prizes for the longest drive, beat the pro and nearest the pin and play was followed by a barbecue along with entertainment from a close-up magician.

Guests then bid for a variety of auction prizes, including a week’s holiday for four within a golf complex at the Costa del Sol, a Euro ’96 England shirt signed by Alan Shearer, a cricket bat signed by the Durham County Cricket Club team, a rugby ball signed by the Newcastle Falcons and a Sunderland AFC shirt signed by Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips.

Paul Keighley, director of Swalwell-based PK Motors, which organised the event, said: “It was a fantastic day from start to finish, despite the weather and I am very grateful to all those who took part.

“Matfen Hall’s golf course is always a pleasure to play and not only did our teams enjoy a great round of golf but they raised a large sum of money for this worthwhile cause.”

For further information about Matfen Hall Hotel call 01661 886500 email [email protected] or visit

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