A group of Aberdeen City and Shire’s leading businesses are aiming to raise cash for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Turning Point Scotland’s Charity Golf Day is now in its 17th year, raising thousands towards initiatives that support people with complex or challenging needs.

Some of the teams taking part are competitors in the business world but now they’ll be doing battle over 18 holes, with 18 teams going head to head at Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club on Friday 23rd of August.

Among the great prizes on offer is a £10 000 hole-in-one competition.

All the proceeds raised goes towards additional benefits for people being supported, to help improve the overall quality of their life or aid their recovery.

For example, in previous years the money has gone towards buying PCs, so people being supported can look for job opportunities or update their CV.

Money raised also went to redecorating and refurbishing meeting rooms and social areas used by people being supported.

It has also helped fund Turning Point Scotland’s work in partnership Wild Things, a Scottish environment education programme that organises wilderness and conservation courses for people being supported.

Rosies Commercial Manager Patsy Telford said:

“Our core funding all goes towards supporting people and their support needs. Funds raised by the Golf Tournament is a bonus and goes towards fun days out, refurbishing coffee rooms and the upkeep of our small garden – all of which are so important to keeping people well.

Significant funds are raised by the companies taking part in the golf day and the difference made by the money should not be underestimated. The money goes towards enhancing the facilities and offering enjoyable events to look forward to, things that many of us take for granted. We have redecorated 3 coffee rooms and the garden at our Aberdeen property and service users had a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see the Pandas. These things make such a positive difference to the lives of people who we support by offering social occasions to look forward to.”

Andy Gray of NCS Survey is one of the organisers and enters a team:

“I am delighted we can support Turning Point Scotland’s services in Aberdeen City and Shire to provide some extra benefits to the people they support.

Overcoming some of the challenges they face takes a lot of hard work and it’s good to know the money we raise goes towards things that improve the quality of their lives. Plus, there are lots in it for us, it’s a great fun day out away from the office!”

Shona Reid, Secretary of Newburgh Golf Club said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming all the teams to Newburgh. Every year the Turning Point Scotland Charity Golf Day is a lot of fun and it’s all for a good cause, with a lot of the money staying in the North-East.

I’m sure most of the teams will be familiar with the course but as they will know it’s a really good test of golf.”

It’s an extra special time for Newburgh Golf Club, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary year and have had a host of special events to mark the occasion, including an exhibition by former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

We would like to thank the following for their donations, taking part and supporting us:

Seatronics ltd, GSE Rentals Ltd, Sonardyne Int Ltd, Forum Subsea Rentals, NCS Survey, PwC

Metrol Technology Ltd, Newburgh GC, Active Office Interiors, Ashtead Technology,

Oceanscan Limited, Ecosse Subsea, Kongsberg Maritime Ltd, Subsea 7 (UK) Limited

Sparrows Group, Fugro