Glazerite UK Group and more than 100 guests raised an 18-year record £20,500 for mental health charity, Kelly’s Heroes at the fabricator’s annual Pro Am Golf Day last month.

John Hewitt, founder of Kelly’s Heroes, said: “The passion for the charity and what we do is always strong at the Glazerite Golf Day, but to raise more than £20,000 this year is fantastic. We rely on fundraising events such as these to be able to provide our much-needed services as we receive no public funding.”

The sum raised is not only the highest in the tournament’s 18-year history but more than half again last year’s figure .

More than 24 teams participated at the 18-hole championship course at Wellingborough Golf Club, with guests later joining the golfers for an evening reception of live music, dancing, a raffle and an auction.

Winners on the day were Symphony Windows, with a team representing Kelly’s Heroes finishing in second place, and M3 Floodtec a close third. Meanwhile Adrian Barraclough of Quickslide won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ contest. 

John continued: “The generosity of these events, donations and other fundraising activities means that we can continue to provide services such as our live chat ‘Listening Ear’ service. In fact the funds raised at last year’s Golf Day enabled us to expand the hours this service is available, and we’re hoping to expand it further following this year’s event. 

“Times are hard for many people, and it is imperative that Kelly’s Heroes can continue to play its part in supporting those in need. Within the last year alone, the charity has carried out 19 welfare checks and called five ambulances for people in crisis. We are literally saving lives, and it is all thanks to the support of those who generously support us at events like these.”

Will Dunn, Tournament Director for PGA Midlands, added: “The Glazerite PRO-AM Trophy, which this year took place on Thursday 20th June, always attracts our best from all over the country. The event was followed on Friday 21st June by the more relaxed Glazerite customer and supplier day, which gives our Pro players the opportunity to join in with and play with a terrific bunch of people, sharing tips and having fun along the way. On behalf of the PGA, I’d like to say big thank you to both Glazerite and Wellingborough Golf Club.”

Glazerite Group managing director Rob Brearley added: “We’d like to thank the PGA and Wellingborough Golf Club for hosting the golf and the party, as well as all those who took part and helped us to raise an incredible amount for such an important charity. Our main event sponsors this year included Morley Blinds, DoorCo and Deceuninck, as well as Haffner, who generously topped up the initial total to take us over the £20,000 mark. Auction prizes and sponsorship were also provided by Symphony Windows, VEKA, Residence Collection, Business Micros, Avantis, Window Ware, CEN Solutions, Clearview, Brisant, Georgian Bar Company, Turner Windows, K2 Aluminium, Northumberland Glass and D&M Windows.”

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