RSM has completed a charity golf challenge to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in its Diamond Anniversary year and raised over £5,000 in much-needed funds for the national charity.
The ‘Diamond Geezer’ team, including RSM partners Kevin O’Connor, Neil Sevitt, Jon Pepper and Tony Chapman, took on the challenge of four rounds of golf at four different Yorkshire and North East locations in one day. After a 4.20am tee time at The Northumberland Golf Club, the team took on Wynyard golf course near Durham, followed by Oakdale in Harrogate and completed the final round at Bradford Golf Club at 9.15pm. In total the team covered 100 miles on foot, which equates to 208,000 steps, and burned 28,000 calories.
The event coincides with the DofE’s 60th year, and supports the Charity’s Diamond Challenge, a one-off initiative encouraging people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge.
All RSM offices in the UK are taking part in the Diamond Challenge and around 800 colleagues have already signed up to take part in challenges, including attempting the world longest egg and spoon race, learning circus skills and climbing peaks across the UK. In addition to the support for the DofE Diamond Challenge, RSM launched the Gold DofE Award for its own school leavers and graduates in February.
Kevin O’Connor, RSM’s regional managing partner for Yorkshire and the North East and a ‘Diamond Geezer’, said:
‘We definitely travelled the distance covering 100 miles to finish 72 holes in 17 hours and it’s been fantastic to be involved in an event to support the DofE Diamond Challenge. It was not only an opportunity to push ourselves but we’ve been overwhelmed by the support received – both to make the event happen and the level of donations.
‘Thanks to everyone who supported us and special thanks to each golf club for hosting, Global Autocare for getting us to each course and James Whittaker Golf for our kit.’
Neil Sevitt, partner at RSM, added:
‘It was great to take on a challenge and support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Hundreds of our people have already signed up to take part in the DofE Diamond Challenge this year with colleagues of all ages stepping up to the challenge to accomplish a range of events across the UK. Taking part in a charity event is not only good fun but it develops key skills, such as leadership, communication and confidence, which will help participants in their future careers and their everyday lives.’