Charity champions

Hartlepool Golf Club celebrated a charity fundraising milestone this year, raising £100,000 for Alice House Hospice in 10 years.

To mark the achievement, the club was presented with the Alice Bendle Shield, named after the hospice’s founder, which will be played for annually by members.

The club has a longstanding partnership with the hospice and captain Clive Harbron nominated it as his charity for 2019-20. 

Many of Clive’s predecessors have also supported the work of Alice House and pledged their support while members of the club have been involved in various fundraising initiatives in the last 10 years, including the Great North Run.

Hospice fundraiser Clive and former club captain Neil Ashby decided to mark the occasion with the shield, which was handed over to the club in October by the hospice’s corporate fundraiser Greg Hildreth.

Greg said: “This is an incredible amount of money raised in a relatively short space of time. The club has shown a huge amount of warmth and support to local hospice care and it has been an absolute pleasure working alongside them over the last 10 years. I hope that this partnership will continue long into the future.” The first Alice Bendle Shield competition was won by Anthony Forster.