Golf day raises over eight thousand pounds for Bedfordshire homeless charity

easycopiers is a specialist, independent supplier of print, copy & scanning technology, telecoms and workflow software. The business has over 100 years experience in the photocopier and document management industry. Therefore it made perfect sense to utilise and bring together their wealth of contacts last month - hosting their first charity golf day in aid of the YMCA charity.

YMCA Bedfordshire currently has 7 projects across Bedfordshire and houses up to 220 individuals aged 16-64. A project called Skills4 provides training via a set of support packages that focus on training people with the skills they require for issues such as independent living, employment, literacy, numeracy and life skills. And a project called Fun4 Young People which is a programme supporting families and young people aged 5+ through afterschool and holiday club programmes.

These inclusive activities not only aim to support both social and educational development but especially seek to focus on supporting those marginalised and disadvantaged young people and families.

Woburn Golf Course was the chosen location to host the easycopiers golf day.

Regional Sales Manager of easycopiers, Matthew Fincher explained: “As an independent company based here in Milton Keynes since 1998 we have built an enviable reputation working and partnering with leading global brands across the UK.

“easycopiers have worked closely as a supplier and supported YMCA Bedfordshire for almost 10 years. During this time, we’ve witnessed the outstanding work continually delivered by the charity. This has encouraged us to want to do more and believed that we could all work together to raise money for this amazing organisation. Hence the first of what we hope to be many “easycopiers charity golf day.”

The winning team “Swanbourne Dads”
The winning team “Swanbourne Dads”

18 teams signed up to play at the event which took place on the Marquees course which is well known as the venue for the 2015 British Masters and the 2016 Women’s British Open. Companies such as Watford FC, Ricoh UK, Lexmark, John Sisk and Grenke enjoyed the days golf and helped to raise an amazing £8,537.56 for YMCA Bedfordshire.

CEO of YMCA Bedfordshire, Paul Hunt says: “As a charity supporting over 600 individuals and families through our various projects, we were thrilled to be asked if we would like to be the beneficiaries of easycopiers first golfing event.”

“Homelessness is still a huge issue across the country with Luton and Bedford both being in the top 15 locations in England. Our women’s refuges regularly see an increase in referrals and due to our region seeing a 51% cut in youth services since 2010 our afterschool and holiday clubs are needed more now than ever before.

“The day proved to be an amazing success, despite the weather trying to dampen spirits it has left us wanting to improve on the fantastic results. We look forward to driving future events, ‘putting or chipping’ in with more support!” added Matt.

All funds raised will be used to directly support individuals via the YMCA Bedfordshire Trust Fund which provides money to clients for purchasing items relating to educational or training needs, move on requirements such as furniture or white goods, or other essential items required to support someone towards independent living.

easycopiers hold supporting local charities and local businesses close to their hearts and look forward to hosting such events again in the near future.

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