Animal charity to the fore at golf event

Golfers at the event
Golfers at the event

More than 70 business people got into the swing of things to raise £6,250 for one of the north-east’s best loved charities as part of a successful golf event held in its honour.

Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home – the only charity of its kind in Aberdeen City and Shire – plans to put the proceeds towards a £15,000 extension programme which will see the creation of a new meeting room for prospective pet owners as well as a revamped canine play area.

Golfers at the event

Golfers at the event

The Preston Bowl, organised by creative solutions provider Minto and legal, property and financial services firm Peterkins, saw 75 business people, representing 19 different companies, tee-off at Meldrum House Golf Club – a 7,010-yard, par-70 course near Oldmeldrum.

The Strathbogie Forest and Garden team clinched the claret jug after recording a score of 54.3 as part of a four-ball Texas Scramble. DG Fitness finished as runners-up with a score of 55.2, while Orion Group came third with 56.6.

The golf was followed by an evening barbecue and prizegiving ceremony for the champions and winners of various longest drive, nearest the pin and beat the pro competitions.

Marie Simpson, general manager at Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home, said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support and enthusiasm shown by all those who took part in this fantastic event, while we are particularly thankful to both Minto and Peterkins for their drive in organising the golf day.

“The money raised from the Preston Bowl will make a huge difference towards our current plans for extending and upgrading our play area for the dogs. It will also provide a dedicated meeting room for families to meet their potential new four-legged friend; offering a safe, quiet area where they can be introduced to each other in a controlled environment.”

Bob Minto, managing director at Minto, said: “Congratulations to the Strathbogie team and all the other individual winners on their success, although it proved to be a very closely fought competition overall. The course was a pleasure to play on while the staff and conditions at Meldrum House were absolutely first-class on the day.”

Paul Clark, manager at Peterkins, said: “We’re thrilled to have raised such a tremendous amount for Mrs Murray’s – a cause that’s very close to many of the players’ hearts and one which does not always get the recognition it deserves.”

The Preston Bowl took its name from a lurcher puppy taken in by Bob Minto and his wife Jackie, via an animal sanctuary, after suffering from neglect at the hands of a previous owner – an experience which opened their eyes to the challenges facing organisations such as Mrs Murray’s.

The money raised from the charity golf event will now see the creation of the Preston Suite meeting area and the Preston Play Centre.