Banks Group staff have Alzheimer’s Society fundraising down to a tee

July 10, 2017 | Brenkley News

Event organiser, John Morton, plant operator, Banks Mining, practising his swing before a tee shot

Staff from North East property and energy firm the Banks Group have been taking to the fairways to bring in a ‘fore’ figure sum for their 2017 dedicated charity.

More than 100 employees and guests lined up to take part in the County Durham-headquartered, family-owned firm charity golf day at Warkworth Golf Club to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity.

The event was organised by John Morton, a plant operator at the firm’s Shotton surface mine near Cramlington, and his wife Alison, who set it up in honour of John’s mother, who has dementia.

And after a fiercely competitive afternoon in the Northumberland sunshine, the golfers’ exploits brought in a terrific £1,409.60, with the team of Ray Dunn, Stephen Dunn, Trevor Dunn and John Strachan taking first place in the event.

The Alzheimer’s Society was nominated to be the Banks Group’s chosen charity for 2017 by Neil Cook, manager of the Shotton surface mine, whose father was diagnosed with dementia three years ago.

It provides information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, invests in world-class research  and campaigns to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have.

The Society has almost 3,000 community-based services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland which provide practical and emotional support for people with dementia and their carers, including dementia advisers and support workers, dementia cafes, day and home support, befriending, carer support groups and its innovative Singing for the Brain groups.

Staff from across Banks’ different businesses and locations have been undertaking a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, with the next one on the list being a 17-strong team taking part in the Prince Bishop Durham City Run 10K.

John Morton says: “We had a great turn out for our golf day, and all our teams were extremely generous with their contributions towards our fundraising efforts.

“We had terrific support in setting the event up from Warkworth Golf Club secretary Tim Capron, as well as generous sponsorship from KW Purvis, MKM and DP Builders, and prize donations from dozens of local businesses, golf clubs and people.

“Dementia is a condition that is affecting more and more people, as well as having a huge impact on their families, and we’re working to provide as much support for the Alzheimer’s Society’s excellent work as we can.”

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit or follow @alzheimerssoc on Twitter.

"We had a great turn out for our golf day, and all our teams were extremely generous with their contributions towards our fundraising efforts."

(from left) John Morton, Michelle Cairns and Neil Cook at the Shotton surface mine

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