The Nelson Trust Annual Golf Day was established in 2013 in honour of the late Richard Lister who served as Chair of The Nelson Trust from 2000 to 2011. Richard was instrumental in the growth of the charity and his memory lives on. In true family tradition, Tom Lister of Lister Communications was the first to tee off at Minchinhampton Golf Club on the lovely sunny morning of 18th September.
The shot-gun start of 18 teams was followed by a delicious lunch and auction in the magnificent club house. The winners received the Richard Lister Memorial Trophy which was hand-made by clients at The Nelson Trust. For the first time ever, there was a Women’s Cup.
When it came to the golf competition itself, first prize was a Four Ball at the prestigious St Pierre Country Club. This was followed by a Four Ball at the luxurious Foxhills Golf and Country Club. Next came a round at the Cotswold Hills Golf Club and then a Four Ball at Castle Coombe Golf Club and a Four Ball at Henbury.
Local businesses and supporters of The Nelson Trust were incredibly generous in donating auction prizes: a Four Ball at Stoke Park; a Four Ball at Royal Porthcawl; a round of golf and pro clinic for four at Minchinhampton Golf Club; a Four Ball at Saunton Golf Club; a Four Ball at St Mellion Golf Club; eight hours of an electrician from Pearce Platford Electrical Engineering; a round of golf for four at Bowood; and a Four Ball at Celtic Manor. A huge thank you to all these generous donors.
The auction alone raised a whopping great big £2,310. There were some incredible raffle prizes which brought in £1,000 for the charity. The Nelson Trust thanks Cirencester Golf Club, Bristol Golf Club, Bookers, Brutons, Gailarde, The Olive Tree, William’s Food Hall, Dave Tonks, Swindon Town Football Club and John Cornelius Construction for making the raffle such a successful fundraiser.
The Nelson Trust would like to thank all those who played in the event and all at Minchinhampton Golf Club who made the day such a success, especially the sponsors: Servicemaster; Ardent; Endsleigh; EESI; Cotswold BMW; Savills; and Flair4it. Special thanks to Cotswold BMW, who gave the opportunity of winning a brand new BMW with a hole-in-one. Unfortunately Phil Graham came 18 inches away from winning one! He put on a very brave face when it came to receiving his bottle of champagne. Well done Phil for getting so close.
After lunch, John Trolan, CEO of The Nelson Trust, explained how honoured he felt:
‘This tournament continues to raise significant sums for the charity. Many of the participants knew Richard and I believe it is testament to the esteem in which he was held that so many former acquaintances continue to support it so generously.’
This was a hugely successful event, raising over £15,000 for The Nelson Trust which will allow the charity to continue improving the lives of those affected by alcohol and substance misuse.