Earlier this month, twenty teams of golf enthusiasts took to Saunton Golf Course raising more than £5,000 for Calvert Trust Exmoor.

Now in its tenth year, all proceeds from the fundraiser organised annually by Saunton Sands Hotel are donated to a nominated charity. Calvert Trust Exmoor has been chosen as the beneficiary for a third consecutive year. The North Devon charity enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to experience confidence-building outdoor activities on its accessible, all-inclusive site located on the edge of Exmoor.

Key Account Director of Isca Barum Insurance Brokers Ltd, Sarah Page said: “Isca Barum Insurance Brokers have been the main sponsors for this fundraiser for the last three years. As a local business, we appreciate just how special Calvert Trust Exmoor is and how very important the personal and caring service is that they provide. Beliefs which we share.”

The jam-packed day began at 8am with coffee and bacon rolls at the hotel, before the teams headed off to Saunton Golf Club to play an 18-hole round on the East Course. Each of the 18 holes was kindly sponsored by a local business, and there were some tempting prizes to play for on three of the holes, including champagne, two holidays and a car sponsored by Taw Citroen Barnstaple.

After lunch, there was an opportunity to play more golf with the professionals, followed by a presentation, dinner, games and a raffle all kindly hosted by Saunton Sands Hotel. Alongside representatives from the charity and main event sponsors, sporting legends Ian Holloway and Gareth Chilcott, who both originally hail from the Southwest, were pleased to support the fundraiser as celebrity guest speakers on the night.

Together, they spoke of their friendship, humble beginnings, and the support and self-belief required to help them achieve their dreams – a sentiment echoed in Calvert Trust Exmoor’s mission.

Charity Trustee, Will Vandersteen, expressed his thanks to all those involved: “It was another fantastic Golf Day with Brend hotels kindly supporting Calvert Trust Exmoor. Saunton East is always a treat to play and the food and hospitality at Saunton hotel were superb. The after dinner speakers finished the evening off with a brilliant double act – funny and inspiring. Thanks to all concerned for organising a great day out and thanks to the guests for supporting our important cause.”

The funds raised will help towards the £400,000 needed each year helping Calvert Trust Exmoor to provide vital bursary support to disabled guests who require financial support, and continue its life-changing work. To learn more about the charity and how you can support them with a donation, please visit: calvertexmoor.org.uk

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