Chester and Wrexham accountants tee off for charity

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Hitting it off to a tee are winning team (pictured from left to right) John Farrell, Accounts Senior at Ellis and Co, Billy Jack, a Director at Northern Ferrari Hire, Dave Wright, a Director at Hometyre and Simon Williams, a Partner at Jolliffe & Co Solicitors.

Accountants at Ellis and Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Chester and Wrexham are counting the success of their annual golf day which provided a networking opportunity for local businesses.

The event, which took place at Sutton Hall Golf Club in Sutton Weaver, attracted 20 companies from across the North West who played in teams of four.

The overall winners were Simon Williams, a Partner at Jolliffe & Co Solicitors, Dave Wright, a Director at Hometyre, Billy Jack, a Director at Northern Ferrari Hire and John Farrell, Accounts Senior at Ellis and Co, who each walked away with a bottle of champagne.

Tom Way-Rider, a professional golfer and the son of Peter Way-Rider, Ellis and Co's Tax Manager, scooped the prize for the longest drive. Stephen Bithell of Northwood Wrexham Limited Agents won first prize in the nearest pin category. 

Ellis and Co also supported not for profit organisation, My Name is Not Cancer (MNINC), during the event in the form of a raffle, with the top prize providing a golf day for four at Sutton Weaver Golf Course.

The draw raised £135 with Ellis and Co making an additional £200 donation to MNINC which was established to support cancer patients, their carers and families.   

All proceeds will go towards the organisation's campaign to print the 'MNINC Publication', a leaflet designed to encourage young people not to lose their identities and their sense of self to the disease.

An additional 3,350 cancer patients across the North West will now benefit from receiving the 'MNINC Publication' which will be distributed to hospitals including Clatterbridge Hospital in Wirral and The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The welcoming environment at Sutton Hall Golf Club, which boasts an 18 hole parkland, 6618 yard and 72 par golf course, provided an ideal setting for businesses to network.

"The golf day was a huge success and it gave us the opportunity to touch base with a number of our clients while raising money for a good cause at the same time," said Robert Ellis, the Principal Accountant at Ellis and Co.

"It also provided a fantastic opportunity for other businesses across the region to meet and network with each other and to add to their business contacts which is important in the current economic climate."

The golf day was followed by a dinner with guest speaker Fiona Fletcher, the Chief Executive of MNINC, and a short presentation by Robert.

Ellis and Co decided to support MNINC as the company has pledged to carry out a number of fundraising events throughout the year.

The 'MNINC Publication' was written and inspired by Fiona's daughter Megan, who was 20 years-old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma while studying human biosciences at Plymouth University.

Before her death Megan, from Bersham near Wrexham, wrote poetry and literature for the MNINC leaflet encouranging people to retain a sense of self when faced with their diagnosis and treatment.

Fiona said: "We're delighted that Ellis and Co gave us a platform to showcase what we do as an organisation at their annual golf day, to raise awareness and help spread the word.

"We're also very grateful for the financial support we have received through the raffle which will go directly towards publishing more copies of the 'MNINC Publication', touching the lives of thousands of cancer patients across the North West."