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Golf club tees off for Staithes and Runswick RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A bumper all-day benefit for Staithes RNLI is set to tee off at Hunley Hotel and Golf Club at Brotton on Saturday.

The ‘Captain’s Day’ event will feature a golf tournament, a barbecue, live music, a charity auction, and disco.

Each year the Hunley golf club captain chooses a charity to support and this year’s captain Jason Worton selected Staithes and Runswick RNLI. The club has already raised more than £370 from a St. Patrick’s Day charity evening and raffle and £170 from a Christmas Carol concert.

David Gibson, a volunteer with Staithes RNLI who is helping to co-ordinate the event, said: ‘It promises to be cracking day and we’re hugely grateful to Jason and the club for their generosity and hard work to help us in our life-saving work.‘

The day begins with a four ball competition at 7.00 am, followed by two more tournaments through the day. At the 16th hole players will pay an extra £2 to the RNLI to see if they can land their ball in a paddling pool in the pond.

There will be stalls, a book shop and a pop-up RNLI souvenir stand with lifeboat crew members and supporters from Staithes in attendance. The charity auction features a model yacht, paintings and various prizes. The barbecue runs from 6 pm followed by the live party band Big Sigh and The Yawns and then a disco until 11 pm.

And that’s not all. Jason Worton is hoping to stage another benefit night for the RNLI when his captaincy expires at the club’s presentation evening in October.

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