A golf day held by the Stockton office of Faithful+Gould, international cost consultants to the construction industry, has been a huge success raising £7,500 for charity. The money is to be donated to the Anthony Nolan Trust, a Leukaemia research charity.
The event, organised in memory of colleague and friend, Mark Donnelly, was also sponsored by Audi Teesside, who provided the opportunity for participants of the tournament to win an Audi TT, a holiday and a set of golf clubs if they were to score a hole in one. Many of Faithful+Gould’s clients entered three-man teams and sponsored a hole.
Gary Marshall and Graham Tyerman, Mark’s friends, decided to arrange the event to honour Mark’s memory and also raise some much needed funds for the Trust.
Gary said: "We felt it would be a fitting tribute to raise money in this way because Mark was a keen sportsman and really enjoyed his golf. The Anthony Nolan Trust carries out magnificent work and Mark and his family drew a lot of support from the Trust during his treatment. Over £13 million needs to be raised by the Trust every year so that it can continue to carry out its life saving work and we are pleased that we have been able to assist in some small way."
The Anthony Nolan Trust is the largest stem cell and bone marrow register in the UK. Every £70 raised allows one person to be fully tissue typed and added to the register. Many of Mark’s friends and family joined the Trust in order to help locate a suitable donor for Mark’s much needed transplant. Whilst a donor was found in Germany and the operation carried out in December 2003, complications during his recovery unfortunately led to Mark’s untimely death.