A GOLF day has enabled a housing association to ‘chip in’ with a £5,000 donation to help parents of children with additional needs in Richmondshire and Hambleton.

Each year, Broadacres stages a golf day to raise money for its charity of the year.

This year’s charity - chosen via a nomination process by Broadacres’ staff - was Parents and Carers of Special Children (POSCH).

It was set up by a Broadacres’ resident in 2014 and now supports 280 families where a child or children have additional needs, such as a physical or learning disability.

A total of 19 teams teed off at Rockliffe Hall Golf Club and played 18 holes of golf.

There was also a ‘beat the professional’ hole, which involved players being invited to pay for the opportunity to get nearer the pin on a par three than the professional.

The golfers then returned to the clubhouse for a two-course dinner, raffle and the auction of a prize of a one-night bed and breakfast stay at the luxurious Wensleydale Heifer Hotel in West Witton, near Leyburn.

At the end of the evening, Broadacres’ chief executive Gail Teasdale announced that the event had raised £5,000, which included a successful bid of £400 for the stay at the hotel

She said: “We always ask our own staff to nominate a charity they think would benefit from our support and when we learned about POSCH and the amazing work it does with so many local families, we couldn’t think of a better organisation to back in 2019."