Dukinfield Seniors support Oakdale School

SENIOR golfers from local clubs have enjoyed playing for the Derek Horsey Trophy since 1994 and also raising funds for deserving charities of their choice.

Thanks to the efforts of Martyn Schofield and John Harrop of Dukinfield, who were the beaten finalists in the 2021 competition, Oakdale School in Dukinfield were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £1,450.

William Wheeler (Glossop GC) explained how the competition has developed over the years.
He said: “In 1994, Derek Horsey, a playing member of Reddish Vale Golf Club, organised a Charity Competition for local clubs with the intention of fostering spirit within the respective ‘Senior Sections’ but, more importantly, raising funds for the benefit of North West Charities.
Derek was synonymous with Seniors’ golf in the area and from the outset the response was enthusiastic.
Sadly, Derek passed on in 2003 and since then I have remained the sole organiser from my base at Glossop Golf Club with the competition renamed in his memory. Last year 21 clubs were involved and this year Denton Golf Club will join us.
The format involves each club playing an internal competition to provide one pair to go forward into the competition proper and, in turn, this pair participates on a knock out basis with the other participants with the eventual final played on a neutral course to be agreed by the finalists.
The funds raised by the respective clubs from their own internal competition are forwarded to myself and these are ultimately donated by the finalists to the Charity of their choice. Overall, since 1994, in excess of £51k has been donated to a wide range of North West Charities.
The monies available for distribution this year totalled £2,900 with the winners John Whelan and Bob Marr from Fairfield Golf Club splitting their share between Willow Wood Hospice, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research.
The runners-up John Harrop and Martin Schofield of Dukinfield Golf Club decided to support the President’s Charity, Oakdale School, a most deserving beneficiary, with their share £1450.”

The cheque was presented at the club by the President and winners to Tina Tray the Head of Oakdale School, and two children from Blackbird class, Archie and Peter who were honoured to attend Dukinfield Golf Club to receive this wonderful donation for Oakdale School. 

Tina said: “We are working hard to re-develop a sensory room for our children. Our next project is to install an Immersive sensory system. The Integrex SENse combines high technology with simple design to provide a low cost, mobile, immersive sensory system, featuring an interactive floor. SENse software projects multiple themes and images which are combined with in-built stereo speaker and amp for excellent audio effects for a range of stimulating and colourful interactive floor games including ‘Splat the Insects’, ‘Scatter the Stars’and ‘Whack-a-Mole’.
The donation will help a great deal in this development.”

Geoff Garnett