AN INVERCLYDE charitable body has raised thousands of pounds from its first ever golf day.

The Senit Foundation’s inaugural golf day, held at Gourock Golf Club, swung into action with Morton chairman and Golden Casket managing director Douglas Rae first to tee off. The event raised £5,000 for the foundation was organised by foundation member Stewart McCartney of the Spinnaker hotel.

The foundation’s chairman, Gerry Deeney said Golden Casket had been one of the foundation’s main sponsors over the years, so we thought it was fitting Mr Rae should be first on the tee at the recent event.

Douglas Rae gets the charity day under way with an impressive swingDouglas Rae

Douglas Rae gets the charity day under way with an impressive swing

Stewart McCartney with the winning team from the Spinnaker hotelStewart McCartney

Stewart McCartney with the winning team from the Spinnaker hotel.

“The day proved a great success great weather, company, food and a Gourock golf club in perfect condition from tee to green.

“Hospitality after the golf was also perfect, thanks to the catering staff and Derek Watters, club professional and house manager.

“He supported Stewart McCartney in organising the whole event.

“We would also like to thank auctioneer Brian Clements of McTears for his contribution.”

Mr Deeney told everyone taking part that the foundation committee had now been working together for more than six years.

He said: “I made a special mention of our after dinner speaking stalwarts, Gerry McDade and Alasdair Hendry, for their help. “And everyone raised their glasses to toast Stewart for a great day.”

The Senit Foundation was set up in 2005 by Mr Deeney to help and support individuals and organisations within Inverclyde. Its objectives are to provide equipment to support the local health service, assist in supplying suitable amenities for hospital patients and visitors, and respite support for families taking care of relatives or friends.

The foundation also contributes to individual local appeals. Meanwhile, the recently established Senit Foundation Youth Initiative, led by John McGovern, has just reached its appeal target of £2,000 for Inverclyde Royal’s renal unit.