A local north east business has clubbed together to help raise over £6,000 for the Sepsis UK Trust. Organising a charity golf day held at Northumberlands prestigious Matfen Hall golf course, the event was attended by local businesses and customers of PK Motors.
The fund raising was bolstered by a raffle and auction and a personal Just Giving page and the money raised will go directly towards a £50,000 fund raising campaign, set up by Newcastle based business Drummond Central, in memory of their work colleague Jess McEnroe who sadly lost her life to Sepsis aged just 26 years old in 2017.
Paul Keighley, owner of PK Motors, said, “We are all delighted to support this amazing fund raising campaign set up in memory of Jess.
“Sepsis is a terrible illness and can strike at anytime. It’s truly inspirational that we had so many businesses and customers taking part in the golf day and contributing their hard earned money to this worthwhile cause.
“We all had a fabulous days golf and I wish to thank everyone that took part, contributed to my Just Giving page and helped to organise the day.”
Bernard Bloodworth, Managing Director, Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa said,”We were delighted to host this event for the third year running, which has now become the busiest golf day in our calendar, and it was very pleasing to see so many teams turn out for this worthwhile cause. ”
Beth Hazon, Managing Director, Drummond Central, said, “This is an amazing gesture by everyone connected to the fund raising golf day.
“Sepsis is a charity close to our hearts and this significant contribution from PK Motors will go a long way towards us reaching our £50,000 target.
“We have an active programme of on-going events including staff taking part in the Great North run in September and we won’t stop until we have at least met the £50,000 target.” she added.
The winning teams on the day included Auto Protect Warranties, Dipstick Research, Wilsons Auctions .
Other businesses entering teams were JMF Print, Motor Novo Finance, Volkswagen Lookers, Status Security, Netcall, Tiger Communications, Davison Solutions, The Frontier Group, Tyne Valley Motor Homes, Manheim Auctions, Beecham Peacock, Jobling and Turnbull Ltd, Next Gear Capital, Swalwell Cricket Club, Neeco Ltd, Sunderland Coach Works and Take The Biscuit.
PK Motors is based at Swalwell, Sands Industrial Estate, NE16 3DJ.
For further information on how you can contribute to Drummond Central’s £50,000 fund raising campaign please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/for-our-jess. For further information about Sepsis or how to fund raise or volunteer please visit https://sepsistrust.org/about/.
Alan Shearer CBE said,
“I am delighted that PK Motors has held their annual golf day in aid of my foundation and the Alan Shearer Centre. All the money raised stays in the region and goes directly to helping the less fortunate. I wish to personally thank Paul and everyone that gave up their value time to take part in the golf day and for the significant amount of money raised.”
A fund raising charity golf day has raised over £5,000 for local charity the Lily Foundation. The money was raised by 140 local golfers and businesses who took part in the inaugural ‘PK Motors Golf Day’ at Matfen Hall.
And as a gesture of goodwill Newcastle and England Football legend Alan Shearer made a special appearance to handover the sizeable cheque to members of the charity on behalf PK Motors.
The Lily Foundation is a charity set up to support children and families affected by Mitochondrial. The foundation are making huge strives with diagnosing families and working with top scientists to find a cure. The disease prevents the body’s cells from producing sufficient energy and can lead to seizures, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, diabetes and fatigue.
Paul Keighley, director of PK Motors, who organised the event, said:
“It was a fantastic day from start to finish and we were delighted with the amount raised which will go directly to the Lily Foundation. To have Big AL on hand to present the cheque was just the icing on the cake for us and I wish to thank all the golfers and local businesses that took part and Matfen Hall Golf Club and Hotel who hosted the event.”
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.
Following successful sponsorship’s of local cricket and football teams in the area, Swalwell based motor retailer PK Motors, is spreading its wings further into the community, this time teaming-up with ‘up and coming’ Falcons rugby star Andrew Foster.
Born and bred in Blaydon 23 year-old Foster has successfully moved through the ranks of local rugby, eventually getting his chance to star in the first team of the Premier League Rugby Union giants.
Speaking about about the sponsorship ‘Fozzy’ said, “This is a great gesture by PK Motor’s. I have lived in the area all my life and its fantastic that a local company from the area where I live has chosen to sponsor me.”
Paul Keighley, Owner of PK Motors, said, “When I heard that individual player sponsorship’s at the Falcons were up for grabs I moved quickly to secure my man.
“Fozzy is a great ambassador for the area and is always giving up his time up to help other sporting talent and attending events. As a local business, this is my way of giving something back to the development of sport and the local community.”
Mick Hogan, Managing Director, Falcons, said “To help local businesses work with and associate themselves with sporting talent we offer businesses and individuals the exclusive opportunity to sponsor a player. This season’s programme of player sponsorship’s has again been very well supported and we are delighted that PK Motors has chosen to support the scheme and sponsor Andrew Foster, who has recently played in the first team.”
PK Motors is based in Swalwell and has quickly established itself as a successful and reputable Motor Retailer based in the North East and across the UK. Recently they opened a new indoor car showroom which displays up to 35 quality used and nearly new cars.
All vehicles offer a minimum 12 month warranty endorsed by Halfords Auto Centre including 12 months MOT and free from advisories.
PK Motors is delighted to be official car sponsor of Allendale Cricket Club. We are a local business and pleased to announce our support for such a highly regarded and successful community cricket club.
We are enjoying exciting times at PK Motors and since opening our doors nearly three years ago we have quickly established ourselves as a successful and reputable motor retailer based in the North East and across the UK.
Due to overwhelming demand and popularity we have recently invested in a new indoor car showroom which now display up to 35 quality used and nearly new cars. All our vehicles now offer a minimum 12 month warranty endorsed by Auto Centre including 12 months MOT and free from advisories.
We pride ourselves in providing the highest levels of customer service and value-for-money and have a huge passion and desire to find the best possible car for your personal needs and most importantly your budget.
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 www.matfenhall.com.
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Young cricket enthusiasts at Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket club, Swalwell have been bowled over by the generosity of local car dealer PK Motors after they were presented with new sweatshirts as part of a new sponsorship deal.
The new partnership with PK Motors will help Swalwell ‘drive’ forward on all levels, as a leading local cricket club, and ensures valuable funding throughout the 2015 championship campaign.
Paul, Managing Director, said “I live locally and recently set up PK Motors and wanted to associate my business with the people in the local community and grass roots sport at all levels.
“Swalwell cricket club is a fantastic example of this and is steeped in tradition, has a fantastic reputation throughout the region and is a great example of a well run and successful club.
“I’m honoured to have my company name emblazoned on their shirts and hopefully with continued support from PK Motors, they will go on to achieve even greater success this season and well into the future.”
Ross Whitfield, Under 11’s Head Coach, Swalwell CC, said, “This sponsorship deal ensures that all the Juniors, second team and first team players will also be kitted out in the new kit for the season ahead.
“All the kids and families are all delighted with this generous support from PK Motors and hopefully this will be the start of a long association between the two organisations.”
Mark Jones, Player Manager of Newcastle Homeless and Recovery Football team, who play in the Newcastle Corinthians league….was so desperate to get some new kit and sponsor for his hard-up football team, he devised a plan to challenge a local businessman in Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne… to a penalty shoot out challenge.
If he scored five penalty spot kicks out of five past the owner of PK Motors, businessman and feline goalkeeper, Paul Keighley formerly nicknamed the cat…PK Motors would agree to pay for the new kit and automatically qualify to be club sponsors.
What could be simpler. However in a twist in events, as fans and locals gathered to see the hyped up event…Mark missed the first penalty…. which shaved the bar and thus losing the shoot out challenge on the first strike of the ball !
A devastated Mark was inconsolable and held his head in his hands..but then couldn’t believe his luck when PK Motors as a gesture of goodwill, said they would pay for the shirts for his beloved team anyway !
Mark said, “I couldn’t believe it. I was so confident I would win the challenge, although I had had a few beers at the time of making the challenge, and had been practising all week. I now know how geordie legend Chris Waddle must have felt when he skied that one for England against Germany…perhaps I’ll end up getting Pizza Hut as my next sponsor.
“However I couldn’t believe it when Paul then agreed to pay for the new kit anyway, so everything was truly worthwhile and everyone at the Homeless Recovery Team can now raise a glass to PK Motors for our new kit.”
Managing Director of PK Motors, Paul Keighley, said “It was all a bit of fun and when he made the challenge I knew he’d given himself a tall order…even though my best goal keeping days are well and truly behind me. Whilst I was determined to save at least one penalty out of the five, I couldn’t believe it when he blasted his first spot kick past the upright.”
“It was all for a good cause to help the Homeless aand Recovery football team and PK Motors is a local business and I felt it was only right that we made the gesture to buy the shirts, which will now proudly carry our company name on them.”