One of the incoming captains of the Marriott Worsley Park golf club has opened the first major of the season with a bang, after launching a huge fundraising campaign for a cause very close to his heart.
Gary Davies, Director of PE & Sport at Philips High School, Whitefield, has struck a chord with the local community in his quest to raise funds to provide some much needed respite care for the families of two of his students, both of whom have been severely affected by long-term illnesses.
“As incoming Captain of the golf club” Gary stated, “I suggested the event could be a focus of some fundraising to provide an opportunity for some respite time for the families. Most importantly, as I expected, the wider school community has rallied to the idea and not only supported the event but added their own fundraising ideas too!”
Gary used the Captain & Lady Captain’s Drive In day, on May 2nd, as the focal point of his fundraising efforts.
“It’s an event which every local golfer, regardless of their home club, is aware of so it made a perfect starting point for our project. Golf days are highly competitive in their own right; and handicaps mean the competition is accessible to everyone regardless of ability and experience, meaning interest has been really high.In terms of organising and running the events on the day, none of it would have been possible without the help of GBT Events.
Their experience in events management was invaluable and, along with some prizes, they also sponsored a local professional, Sophie Powell, to play against members in one of the competitions running on the day. Contributions from Marstons Brewery, Bury Broncos and Sedgley Park RUFC (two local sports clubs) have been most gratefully received, and, I must also extend my thanks to our very generous prize sponsors for the day; who are The Education Network, Advance Contracting, DCS Recruitment, Mr John Slattery and the Ramsbottom Whisky Club.
Judith Dalziel and Justine Bailey, Heads of Year 10/11 at Philips High, have been heavily involved in the fund raising efforts inside the school.
“We’re fortunate that on occasions like this, our students always step up to the mark and really come into their own” Justine says.
“Our team of prefects this year are absolutely wonderful and, alongside the traditional fundraising activities such as non-uniform days, we’ve had some really innovative and unique approaches which have worked well and been really effective. I’m proud at just how involved some of our pupils have been. Projects like this are great for the self-development of young adults and helps prepare them for their next steps after Philips, be it further education or work. One of their main achievements has been how they have managed their time so well; especially with their upcoming exams.”
Local support for the event has not been in short supply; businesses linked to both the school and its community have stepped up to the mark with donations of prizes, co-ordination of events in and out of the school, and even supporting and volunteering on the day.
Michael Watts, secondary consultant from The Education Network in Manchester said:
“When we heard that one of our partnership schools was involved in such a project, we obviously wanted to get involved. We pride ourselves on giving back to the community, it’s our company ethos so what a perfect opportunity this was to get involved in and show how we work. Gary, Justine and Judith (amongst others) gave endless amounts of time to this fundraise and we thought it was an amazing cause and one that we and other business’s were more than happy to support!”
If you are interested in supporting the fundraising, please get in touch with Gary Davies at Philips High for details of how to donate.
Visit the official Philips High School website here.