Stars club together for charity golfing tournament

Press release posted 13 July 2015

The 'Norton Barrie Classic' golfing tournament, now in its seventh year, has raised over £60,000 for The Christie.

The popular golf day has been held every year since the death of the well-known businessman and keen golfer Barry Norton in 2008, aged 61, who was a patient at the specialist cancer centre.

Supported by a number of stars over the years including footballers Andy Cole, Graeme Souness and Dwight Yorke; this year's event saw Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone in the soap and The Wanted singer and heartthrob, Max George tee up on the course in Barry's memory.

Barry's son, Blake, who lives in Wilmslow, organised the event which was a huge success with over 200 people attending. Held at Northenden Golf Club in south Manchester, the event raised over £10,000 bringing the running total over the £60,000 mark. Guests enjoyed a dinner and took part in an auction after the event with local jazz singer, Lucy Hope and a comedian providing the entertainment.

Commenting on the event, Blake said: "I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate my dad's memory than by holding an event like this whilst also raising money for The Christie. He was helped and so well cared for throughout his battle with cancer and I'm just pleased we can do this to give something back.

I never imagined that seven years later we would have raised £60,000 for The Christie. The support from everyone has been unbelievable. Im looking forward to next year's tournament already.

Mary Mclaughlin, corporate fundraising officer for The Christie charity, said:
"Huge thanks to Blake and his team for their continued support and to everyone who took part to raise money for The Christie."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who helped raise £13.3m last year. It has over 30,000 supporters, who helped raise £13.3m last year.