Posted by: Laura Hammond
Mon 19th June 2023
On the hottest day of the year so far, a team of golfing enthusiasts from A1 Comms took on an epic 72-hole challenge in aid of Alfreton Park School.
The team – James Kay, operations manager; James Sisson, brand and experience manager; Joe Butler, head of accounting; and Richard Severn, business systems analyst and IT support team leader – completed four rounds of golf in just one day at Alfreton Golf Club on Monday, June 12.
The challenge got underway at 5am in the morning to ensure the team had enough daylight in order to complete the challenge, finishing at 7.30pm and getting caught in a thunderstorm towards the end.
The team used a day of unpaid Volunteers’ Leave to complete the fundraising challenge, which was organised as part of A1 Comms’ commitment to supporting Alfreton Park School.
The school, which is for children aged two to 19 with a range of special educational needs and disabilities, is fundraising to support its Deer Shed Cafe project.
The project will see the site of a former deer shed in Alfreton Park transformed into a cafe and shop. Once open, it will provide work experience opportunities to young people with learning difficulties.
Staff at A1 Comms, located on Turnpike Business Park in Alfreton, have already organised a number of fundraising events, including an online raffle and completing the Three Peaks Challenge.
The company has, so far, raised more than £6,000 for Alfreton Park School.
On the latest challenge, Joe Butler said: “The 72-hole charity golf day was an extremely difficult challenge. We had an early rise, but it was important that we chose a day in the summer for the daylight needed.
“However, choosing a summer day brough its own challenges. Despite the weather being against us and the terrible standard of golf, the camaraderie of the lads and a worthy cause helped us push on.
“I’d like to thank Alfreton Golf Club for being excellent hosts and letting us use their beautiful course and everyone that generously contributed towards the day.
“Your donations are going toward a wonderful cause and will make a significant difference to the lives of students at Alfreton Park School.”
You can find out more about the Deer Shed Cafe project here.
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