Our charity golf day has raised more than £7,000 to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). 

The annual event saw nearly 100 people in 23 teams compete at Teignmouth Golf Course in aid of the South West MS Therapy Centre.

The charity, based in Clyst Heath, Exeter, offers a range of therapies for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition that affects the brain and nerves.

We have been supporting the centre for 15 years through our popular golf day, which includes a charity auction. The total raised at this year’s event on 16 September - £7,150 - was the highest so far. 

Thomas Westcott Partner and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner Jon Mitchell said: “Raising more than £7,000 and exceeding our previous fundraising record is an incredible achievement. We’d like to thank all of our entrants and supporters who came along to take part or donated prizes for the auction. 

“The golf day has become an important part of our year and we were disappointed to have had to cancel the 2020 event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had a great turnout at Teignmouth Golf Club and the weather was very kind to us.

“As one of the largest accountancy firms in the region, we live and work in communities across the South West. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to raise more than £7,000 to help so many people in the local area.”

The South West MS Therapy Centre was established in 1982 as one of the first of its kind in the UK. It provides therapies, information and support for people with multiple sclerosis, their carers and families. The charity offers oxygen therapy, exercise classes, massage, counselling and more to people with varying stages of MS, as well as those with other long-term conditions.

Each year it costs more than £185,000 to run the centre. Fundraising efforts, such as Thomas Westcott’s Golf Day, means the charity can continue its vital work.

Caroline Aird, Chief Executive Officer at the South West MS Therapy Centre, said: “It has been a difficult 18 months for our charity, and we are so grateful to Thomas Westcott and all those who supported the Golf Day.    

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet all the teams and this fantastic amount raised will enable us to continue our important work providing much valued treatments and therapies to those who live with MS.”

Among those taking part in the golf day were Thomas Westcott’s staff, clients and professional contacts, as well groups put together by other local businesses.

The winners of this year’s charity shield were former Thomas Westcott Partner Steve Cresswell, along with team-mates Andy Stevenson, Paul Jaggers and Lee Martin. The winner of the Thomas Westcott ‘Yellow Ball’ trophy was a team from WBW Solicitors.

Local businesses also donated prizes for the auction, which included sports memorabilia, tour and tasting sessions, a bungee jump and golf course vouchers.

This is just one way in which Thomas Westcott supports local charities and good causes. Find out more about our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR).