Avon Timber of Coventry held a corporate golf day in aid of the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal and raised a magnificent £4,500. 

Seventy seven golfers from all over the country took part and the money was raised through a mixture of sponsorship from suppliers, customer donations and a raffle held on the day which was hailed by all as a great success.

Tony Cousins, Vice President of the Friends, gave a brief talk about the Charity prior to the prize giving and guests were most interested to hear that many people from Coventry are patients at St Cross which now carries out over 70% of the hip and knee replacements undertaken by the NHS Trust which also manages University Hospital in Coventry.

Mark Woolerton explained that the firm was founded in Rugby before relocating to its current premises opposite Coventry Airport and that Janette Watson, who is a senior manager at St Cross, had suggested to her husband Gordon, who is the Operations Manager at Avon Timber, that the company support the Charity’s Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Geoff Lomasney, Managing Director of Avon Timber, said “We selected the Friends of St cross as the charity for our annual golf day because we wanted to support a local charity and the Friends of St cross provided wonderful care for my father prior to his passing away. With the help of John, Cherry Reay and all the staff at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club, Avon Timber were able to organise our annual Par 3 golf day with tremendous success.”

Willy Goldschmidt, Vice Chairman of the Friends, said “one of the aims of the appeal has been to widen the engagement of the charity with the community and local businesses and we are delighted with the success of this the first corporate fund raising event that we have heard of in recent years.”

Photo of the cheque presentation is by Bob Mercer:  L-R:  Stan Bird, Grant Morris, Heather Green, Willy Goldschmidt, Steve Lomasney.