Golf day raises money for Christmas lights and charity

Jes Chandler (L) of Reigate Business Guild with estate agents White & Sons, trophy winners


Reigate Business Guild successfully raised funds for the Christmas lights and a Motor Neurone Disease charity at its annual golf day on 27 September, at Betchworth Park Golf Club.

Guild members and their guests competed around the course’s 18 holes, with many of the town’s businesses attending or donating a raffle prize for the evening dinner.

A quarter of the estimated £7,000 raised during the day went to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the event’s nominated charity, with the balance going to Regiate’s festive lights which the guild puts on each year.

Peter Mitchell of financial advisers Mitchell & Company, who organised the event, said:

“The day was a great success and enjoyed by all.  On-course refreshments were supplied by the Pilgrim Brewery and the golf was followed by a fabulous dinner.

Dave Setters, a local man, who is suffering from MND spoke inspirationally about the disease and how it affects the individual and also the immediate family.  He touched everyone in the room and had a standing ovation.

A raffle and auction followed with prizes being supplied by mainly local businesses and individuals and the day is expected to raise around £7000.

The high point of the auction was getting £700 for a 5kg turkey supplied by Robert Edwards.”

Jes Chandler, chairman of Reigate Business Guild, said: 

“From start to finish the day was a fantastic success with 24 local business teams supporting a great community effort and making a significant donation to charity at the same time.

The day was brilliantly organised by Peter Mitchell and his team from Mitchell & Co, and it was great to see a new winner pick up the trophy in White and Sons, who have now offered to provide a replacement trophy to the current 18 year old trophy. 

A great day, with great support, on a fantastic golf course, we very much appreciate the support of all on the day, and the local businesses who provided both raffle and auction prizes.”

Reigate Business Guild has around 100 members, ranging from sole traders to large corporates.  Information on joining the guild is on their website.

The guild organises both the Christmas lights and the Christmas Fayre in Church Street where they’re switched on – the 2018 event is on Saturday 1 December, with a new set of illuminations replacing those that have been used in recent years.