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Historic Darlington Charity Cup golf tournament raises £1,800

Team Harper, the winner of this years golf tournament. <i>(Image: BRIAN SCAIFE)</i>
Team Harper, the winner of this years golf tournament. (Image: BRIAN SCAIFE)

A Darlington charity fundraiser cup which was set up nearly 120 years ago has this year raised nearly £2,000 that will soon be donated to a worthy cause in the area.

The Darlington Charity Cup raised £1,800 at a golf competition on at Woodham Golf and Country Club.  Twelve teams entered the Texas Scramble competition, which was described as a "tremendous success" by those involved.

The group's fundraising has taken many forms, including walks, football tournaments, and auctions.

Read more: Darlington Charity Cup raises £1,000 for six-year-old Bowburn boy with rare chromosome disorder

The Northern Echo: Team Harper, the winner of this years golf tournament.
The Northern Echo: Team Harper, the winner of this years golf tournament.

Team Harper, the winner of this years golf tournament. (Image: BRIAN SCAIFE)

The historic cup was first played for in 1907, where the trophy was donated by Herbert Pike Pease, 1st Baron Daryngton who was a member of the famous Pease family of Darlington.

To date, more than 30 individuals have benefitted from annual cup donations funding everything from holidays to life changing equipment, totalling £18,800.

Brian Scaife is just one of the five committee members who runs the cup after he and his friend Roger Bradley took over in 2010.

He said: "The cup itself was originally going to be stopped many years ago but it was something that I've played in for many years.

"Me and my friend decided to take it over and run it as a competition but donate the money to charity. Since 2010, we've been running it and have given around £16-17k to children with illnesses including cancer."

In 2022 the cup donated £250 to Zoe's Place Trust, which works on supporting young children with life-limiting or life-threatening complex illnesses.

Young Alfie McBride was a recipient of a £1,000 donation in 2018 to help with his rare genetic chromosome variation named 16p13.11 microduplication.

Alfie, who was six at the time, lives in Bowburn near Durham and the cup donation was used by his parents to help create a calm environment for him at home.

The Northern Echo: Joanne Bugg and her six-year-old son Alfie McBride with members of the Darlington Charity Cup team who have donated £1,000 towards a sensory room for Alfie.
The Northern Echo: Joanne Bugg and her six-year-old son Alfie McBride with members of the Darlington Charity Cup team who have donated £1,000 towards a sensory room for Alfie.

Joanne Bugg and her six-year-old son Alfie McBride with members of the Darlington Charity Cup team who have donated £1,000 towards a sensory room for Alfie.

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However, despite their record of donating to many individual cases each year, the committee are currently on the lookout for a worthy recipient for this years funds.

For Brian, running the cup and helping those in need is a hugely rewarding job.

"We absolutely love what we do. We love to see the people we have helped and the difference that our work can make", he said.

To find out more about the cup, click here.