Golf for guide dogs
MORE than £3,000 was raised for Guide Dogs thanks to a successful golf event in Tavistock last month. The Golfers' Guide Dog Society was formed more than 25 years ago and has organised charity golf days in Devon and Cornwall to raise funds for guide dogs. The society's most recent event was at Tavistock Golf Club on July 30. Eighty-eight golfers turned out to compete for the Dudley Proctor Trophy and several subsidiary prizes. The event was organised with the support and sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Tavistock and Tavistock Motor Company. Last year the society raised £6,000 which was enough to sponsor a guide dog puppy. And the puppy, whose name is Eddie, now 16-weeks-old, attended this year's golf event. Eddie is being cared for by volunteer puppy walkers Carol and John Townsend in Plymouth, who are responsible for his training for the next year. Jonathan Philpotts, the captain of Golfers' Guide Dog Society, said: 'We were delighted to meet Eddie. 'It was good for our members to be able to see the result of their fundraising efforts. 'This year we will be holding three charity golf days and our target is to raise enough money to pay for another Guide Dog puppy. 'My thanks go to the Rotary Club of Tavistock and Tavistock Motor Company, the main sponsors for the event, and hole sponsors for their support, and to Tavistock Golf Club for hosting our event. We could not have had a better venue.' The winners of the Dudley Proctor Trophy were Shaun Kiely and Dave Burge. Guide Dogs Mobility Team manager Alun Gwernan-Jones said: 'We are really delighted at the support shown for this latest event by the Golfers' Guide Dog Society, and would like to thank all those involved in organising and taking part for their contribution towards our vital work. 'It is a remarkable achievement to have been able to sponsor Eddie, and we wish the society all the best in its fundraising efforts for us in 2014.'
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