An annual golf competition organised by independent furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has raised £10,000 for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company

Around 70 people from across the furnishing industry took part in the golf day on Wednesday 11th August at the Catterick Garrison Golf Club in North Yorkshire. The day started with a lunch in the clubhouse followed by a shotgun start to the tournament at 1pm. Guests later enjoyed an evening prize giving, dinner, presentations and a raffle. 

The winners of the eight cups were Richard Bracken (Best Visitor), Michael Crack (1-9 Handicap), Paul Gundry (10-15 Handicap), Tobin James (16-28 Handicap), Paul Millard (Best Overall), David Gundry (Veteran), Steve Peck, Richard Bracken, Chris Gibson and Nik Tunley (Best Team) and Andrew Kent (Best Gross). Terry Bridger won the Nearest the Pin competition, and Chris Emms was awarded Longest Drive. 

Paul von der Heyde, chairman of trustees at The Furniture Makers’ Company, attended the tournament and concluded proceedings by highlighting the vital work the charity continues to perform in supporting people from the trade who are experiencing financial hardship. 

Commenting on the fundraiser, James Barker, MD of Barker and Stonehouse, says: “Barker and Stonehouse is proud to support The Furniture Maker’s Company, a charity that provides much-needed support for those in the furnishing industry. We have been hosting the Barker and Stonehouse annual golf day in aid of this cause for decades and we were very happy to be able to continue this tradition.” 

Paul von der Heyde adds: “Barker and Stonehouse is a longtime and much-valued supporter of our charity, and we want to extend our thanks for once again organising a very enjoyable fundraiser that was incredibly well attended. The visibility of the charity among people in the trade has increased significantly over the past 18 months, due to the impact of the pandemic, resulting in us awarding more money than any other commensurate period in our history. The money raised from the event will go towards providing this vital support service to those in the industry who have fallen on hard times.” 

Pictured: Paul Millard (right) is presented with the Best Overall trophy