An NHS boss played golf from dawn until dusk to raise more than £7,000 for her organisation’s charity, Health Stars.
Michele Moran, Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust, played the sport on various courses across HU postcode area on Wednesday, June 21st, completing as many three par holes as possible over more than 16 hours on the longest day of the year.
Health Stars works in partnership with the trust to enhance the community and mental health services provided to over 600,000 people in the region.
Anyone can submit ‘wishes’ to the charity for things which will help improve service users’ experience and Health Stars will do its best to make the wishes a reality.
Citycare was the main sponsor for the golf challenge and also joined other local businesses in sponsoring a hole on the day.
Jo Barnes, Chief Executive of Citycare, said: “We were absolutely delighted to sponsor this event to raise money for a very worthy cause.
“We have been working with the trust as an estates partner for a number of years now and they’re a great team. Well done to Michele for completing the challenge. We’re sure it will make a great difference.”
Michele’s challenge involved playing 53 holes on 14 courses between sunrise and sunset on the day of the summer solstice.
She had support along the way, meeting golf club captains old and new, as well as ex-Hull FC player Lee Radford at Burstwick.
She said: “Health Stars does such a marvellous job for our patients and staff and I jumped at the chance when its staff asked me to help.
“It was a great challenge and I am overwhelmed with the support and sponsorship from everyone.
“We exceed our target of £5,000, which will make a big difference to the charity and I am delighted to be involved in such a successful day.
“I’m particularly grateful to CityCare, who generously offered to be our main sponsor on the day and helped us to smash our target.”
Michele and the team teed off in Cherry Burton at 4.30am before moving to Beverley, Hornsea, Withernsea, Burstwick, Ganstead and Sutton Park.
She then played at Springhead, Skidby, Cottingham, Kirk Ella, Hessle and Brough before finishing at Cave Castle.
A support vehicle was used to reach each course during the challenge, which was devised by the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation.
Health Stars Manager Jenny Preston said: “Many thanks to Citycare for sponsoring Michele’s epic golf challenge.
“Health Stars works with Humber NHS Foundation Trust to contribute to a thriving healthcare environment for their teams and their patients by embracing generosity and investing in innovation.
“The money Michele has raised will make a significant difference to the environments our teams work.”