Granddad inspired by granddaughter’s hearing loss raises £10,000 for charity with 24-hour golf game

Golfers Shaun Bruce, Carl Tate and Finn Kelly.

A grandfather has raised more than £10,000 for the charity which helped his granddaughter by playing golf for 24 hours

Carl Tate took on the challenge with friends Shaun Bruce and Finn Kelly for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

The trio’s golfing marathon started at 6pm on Friday 5 August at Richmond Golf Club and continued through the night, finishing at 6pm the next day.

During the night they used LED-illuminated golf balls and head torches to help them navigate the course.

The friends raised £10,400 in total for the charity, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children.

Carl was inspired to devise the challenge because his granddaughter, Cienna-Rose, was born deaf and the family will be receiving ongoing support from the charity.


Carl lives with his wife Sherrie and son Jooles, with Cienna living with Carl’s daughter Emy-Dee and partner Dylan.

Carl said: “We’re all keen golfers, so wanted to do something golf-related for Cienna-Rose, and came up with the night-time golf idea. It was more about endurance than competition as it turned out. The LED balls only stayed lit for eight minutes, so we only had eight minutes to find then after we’d hit them.

“We had an unbelievable turn out on the night, with over 150 people there to help raise awareness and funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society. The party went on long into the night

“I would like to thank all involved, with special thanks to Amy Lancaster, Mick Campbell and all the staff at Richmond Golf Club. All the companies, friends and family for their generosity, help and unbelievable support throughout the 24 hours.”

Melissa Jones, who supports fundraisers for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Carl, Shaun and Finn for devising such an imaginative fundraising challenge for us. It was a great idea and we’re so grateful to you.

“The National Deaf Children’s Society is dedicated to supporting the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families. The efforts of selfless fundraisers like Carl, Shaun and Finn will help us to keep on doing our vital work, now and into the future.”