Staff from a leading housebuilder displayed their golfing prowess to raise a whopping £20,000 for charities in the area.

Persimmon Homes Essex organised the fruitful charity golf day at the picturesque Benton Hall Golf & Country Club in Witham.

Sixty players took part, including admin staff, contractors, suppliers and architects – despite the day starting with torrential rain and thunderstorms. Luckily the weather brightened up and the sun came out just in time for the first tee off time.

The Stableford scoring system was used, where points are awarded based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. The bragging rights of being the overall winner went to MDS.

Essex Air Ambulance – which provides free life-saving helicopter emergency medical assistance – and Dreams Come True – a national charity that fulfils the dreams of terminally and seriously ill children and young people aged between two and 21 – received £7,500 each.

Four smaller charities local to the Persimmon Homes Essex head office in Witham, including the Wilderness Foundation UK, have also benefited from cash donations.

As well as the golf day, money has also been raised from other events, including casual days at the Persimmon Homes Essex headquarters, where staff paid for the privilege of ditching their normal office wear for something more comfortable.

Persimmon Homes Essex managing director Phil Standen said:  “As a company we are extremely proud of our charity work – and our golf day is another fine example of that.

“The 60 people who took part all had a great time – even if the weather was a little wet. Most importantly, we managed to raise an incredible amount of money for two really worthy causes.

“We’re now carefully selecting the other charities that we’re going to support.

“I’d like to send my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved.”