The professionals vs. bandits at Overgate’s golf day
Six members of the Smith Brothers family swapped their high-vis and hard hats for a pair of slacks and set of clubs last month – in support of Overgate Hospice’s annual charity golf day, which raised over £15,000 for the charity.
Two teams headed for Bradley Hall Golf Club on Friday 18 September, with Andy Horrocks, Paul Osborne and Phil Taylor making up ‘The Professionals’, while Liam Smith, Liam Green and Marc Hildreth formed the aptly named, ‘The Bandits’.
We’re presuming that’s based on the title of their favourite film.
In his ‘after action report’, Marc Hildreth, Smith Brothers’ tendering engineer and leader of ‘The Bandits’, told us: “‘The Professionals’ were first out, and after a few mis-hits and wayward shots off of the tee they finished with a total score of 61pts (+11).
“‘The Bandits’, meanwhile, came out firing on all cylinders and were -1 on the front nine. The back nine, however, did not go as well and after taking some time to add up our scores at the end, we posted 66pts (+6).”
Paul Osborne, Smith Brothers’ senior project manager and spokesperson for ‘The Professionals,’ added: “While they are among some of the finest electrical engineers I know, ‘the bandits’ really lived up to their team name when adding up their scores – to the point where the score was amended at the end by match officials! It was all for a good cause though, and a great day was had by all!”
While we will leave the six players to agree to disagree, the day in itself was a roaring success, and we look forward to getting involved in many more events over the year ahead.
Why Overgate Hospice?
Overgate Hospice is an independent charity based close to our Elland HQ, and the centre strives to help those living with a life-limiting illness.
Costing £4.6m per year to run – the equivalent of £11,600 per day – the organisation has been supporting patients within Calderdale for over 35 years. However, it suffered a significant loss of income due to a disrupted calendar of summer events following the pandemic – including its charity golf day.
Rachel Lumb, challenge and events fundraiser at Overgate Hospice, added: “Like many similar firms, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on our calendar of events and, in turn, our fundraising capabilities. While we receive £1m from Calderdale Council each year, it costs £11,600 per day to keep the hospice open – leaving us with a significant amount to raise each year.
“It is the continued support from businesses, such as Smith Brothers Contracting Ltd, which enables us to provide care for those who need it now – as well as for future generations who may use our services in the years to come.”
The rescheduled event – which would ordinarily take place in June – has been running for 14 years and raised over £156,000 for the charity since 2007. But that’s only a fraction of the £3.2m the centre needs to raise by itself each year, to remain open.
Striving to improve the quality of life for patients, Overgate Hospice offers specialist palliative care, comfort, and support, completely free of charge, to patients and their families.