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Blue skies and a pink tuk-tuk helps East Midlands charity golf day raise £3,000

Blue skies and a pink tuk-tuk helps East Midlands charity golf day raise £3,000

A charity golf day which combined sinking putts with raising funds has been hailed as a resounding success after it collected £3,000 for two worthy causes.


The event, which took place under sunny skies day last month, saw 65 guests take to the fairways at Branston Golf Club after they were invited along by telecoms and IT firm Invictus Group, based in Melbourne, Derbyshire, and Nottingham-based Ryley Wealth Management.

The companies organised the event to bring colleagues and customers together after the long lockdown while raising money for two good causes, the Rosie May Foundation and the 1% Matters Fund, both of which the firms have supported for a number of years.

The Rosie May Foundation was set up in memory of 10-year-old Rosie May, from Sheffield, who was murdered by a neighbour in 2003 and whose family now use her memory to raise money to help improve the lives of women and girls living in the UK and overseas.

Invictus’s managing director Jonny McPhee has raised around £12,000 for the charity over the years, with the money helping to fund its project to buy a fleet of pink tuk-tuks to act as female-operated taxis in Sri Lanka.

Representatives from the charity brought on of the tuk-tuks along to the golf club for the day, using it as a drinks-delivery service for golfers toiling in the hot sun in return for donations.

Nottingham-based Ryley Wealth Management’s owner, David Ryley, meanwhile, launched the 1% Matters Fund in 2015 in response to cuts to local authority budgets and their impact on the funding offered to charities.

It is operated via the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation (NCF) and encourages people to donate 1% of their salary, with the money shared out between various good causes across Nottingham and the wider county.

Jonny said:

“The less said about the standard of some of the golf the better, but we had a brilliant day, with brilliant weather and a great turn out, which ensured we raised a lot of money for two causes which are very close to both mine and David’s hearts.

“We’re very grateful to Branston Golf Club for hosting the event and for everyone who came along to support us. It was brilliant seeing the pink tuk-tuk and it was certainly kept busy bringing out drinks to the players all day long.”

David Ryley added:

“It’s always entertaining to watch Jonny spend some quality time in the sand trap, but the best part of the day was knowing that the money we raised is going to two incredible causes.

“The 1% Matters Fund is hugely important to me, and the money we’ve raised is going to help make a real difference for people across the country.”

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