GOLFERS are being urged to show drive this weekend for local charities.
The Red Lion Hotel, in Fochabers, holds its annual charity golf day at Buckpool on Sunday.
Over the last 14 years the event has raised over £12,000 for good causes – among them Buckie Lifeboat, Marie Curie and Riding for the Disabled.
In 2012 the competition was staged at Spey Bay and the £1,000 proceeds were split between Moray Friends of ARCHIE and the STEPS charity, which supports families of children and adults with development dysplasia of the hip (DDH).
The competition tees off from 10am on Sunday and is played in a Stableford format with a prize at every hole.
The golf will be followed by an auction and barbecue at the Red Lion.
John Russell, director of Highland Travel Inns, said: “It is a great day out and the golf clubs always look after the players.”
Rebecca Murray, of Spey Bay Golf Club, chose the STEPS charity because it has supported her son Ronan (4), who was diagnosed with DDH aged just four months.
He had his first operation two days after he was born, and has gone on to have four operations to correct hip, one of which saw him fitted with a plate and pins.
He spent most of his first two years in a hip spica, which is a plaster cast from waist to ankle and then a lower body splint.
Said Rebecca: “The support, especially from the STEPS parent forum was tremendous, and I appreciate the money the Red Lion has raised to enable us to give back to STEPS and enable them to continue the work they do.
“Without them we would have been pretty lost as a family,” she added.
The Moray Friends of ARCHIE appeal is trying to raise £100,000 for the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital, in Elgin, and is now over the £86,000 mark.
Chairman Chris Saunderson said: “The £500 from the Red Lion charity golf event is a terrific boost as we edge close to our total.”
Golfers can enter on the day this Sunday at Buckpool and the £20 entry fee includes a bacon roll before teeing off.