Guests from all over the UK joined Blake Norton in celebrating his ninth Norton Barrie golfing tournament, at Northenden Golf Club in Manchester.
The popular golf day has been held every year since the death of Blake’s father, well known businessman and keen golfer Barry Norton in 2008, aged 61, who was a patient at the specialist cancer centre. Barry was founder of designer menswear stores, Norton Barrie in Wilmslow and Bolton which Blake now manages. Blake created the annual golfing event as a way of saying thank you to The Christie for the care that his father received, as well as a way of remembering him.
This year’s event was attended by 208 players (54 teams) including ex footballers Andy Cole, Clayton Blackmore and Kevin Davies.
Funds were raised through team payments, corporate sponsors, a Beat the Pro competition, a prize draw and tombola, plus an auction to bid for money can’t buy experiences. These included a Tesla car driving experience with a two night stay at the Langdale Hotel & Spa in Ambleside, in the Lake District.
Commenting on the event, Blake said: “The Christie was fantastic with my father and helped him immensely. I wanted to create something that everyone could remember him by. I love my golf and this came from my dad's love for the game and the times he took me to Northenden Golf Club for ‘a knock’.”
“When he passed away, I felt a golf day in his memory was the best way to create a lasting legacy, as well as continuing to run his successful stores and the brand Norton Barrie, whilst helping to raise money for The Christie. To have raised over £70,000 is a great achievement but I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic help and support I received from everyone involved in the golf day. I am now looking forward to the 10th Norton Barrie Golf Day and I am working on ways to make it extra special for everyone involved.”
Danielle Carney, corporate fundraising manager for The Christie charity, said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to Blake and everyone who helped make this event happen. For nine years Blake has done a fantastic job organising the day and ultimately making sure vital funds are raised for The Christie. We can’t thank him enough for his continued support and hard work. Since the first Norton Barrie event in 2009, the golf day has raised in excess of £70,000 for The Christie, which is just incredible!”
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, also attended the event to thank Blake and guests, many of whom who have attended the event every year, for their continued support. He also gave an update on some of the other projects and services within the hospital that the charity has funded over the past year.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has more than 50,000 supporters who helped raise £14.4m last year.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It commended the Trust not only for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects.