The Rotary Club in North Shields have swung past the £50,000 fundraising mark after supporting St Oswald’s Hospice for the past ten years.

The club have organised and held an annual golfing competition every summer for two decades, raising over £100,000 for charities, with participants forming teams to compete against each other to win various prizes. The club’s most recent tournament held on the 23rd June raised £5,000 meaning the club has now raised £53,848 for St Oswald’s in the past 10 years.

Peter Matthew, President of the Rotary Club from July 2016-June 2017, said: “The tournament is always a fantastic event and this year was no different. We attracted an increased number of teams and enjoyed a brilliant day with the rain holding off!

Peter continued: “St Oswald’s provides a wonderful service to the region and is such a worthwhile charity which relies heavily on fundraising and donations. St Oswald’s are a superb charity offering a first-class service and it’s a pleasure to support them. We’d like to say an enormous thank you to Tynemouth Golf Club for being so hospitable and allowing us to host our event at their venue, and to all of our sponsors who helped us to raise as much money as we did. Special thanks to the members of North Shields Inner Wheel who organised the raffle which raised over £1000.”

Natalie Santamera, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We’re pleased the club enjoyed a fantastic day and managed to raise so much money for us. Their dedication to St Oswald’s over the past ten years has been phenomenal and we’re truly grateful to the club for their loyalty and hard work over the years. St Oswald’s needs to raise over £7million each year in order to keep our doors open and to continue to deliver high quality care to our patients and their families. We are only in a position to do this because of the generosity of groups like the North Shields Rotary Club. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the club members and supporters and hope to continue fundraising with them for many more years to come.”

If this story has inspired you to hold an event yourself, or to get involved with raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice, then please follow this link for further details: http://www.stoswaldsuk.org/get-involved.aspx

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