Harrogate charity

NADV 1410311AM The SOP team at the Volunteer Oscars, where they won organisation of the year. (1410311AM)
NADV 1410311AM The SOP team at the Volunteer Oscars, where they won organisation of the year. (1410311AM)

A Harrogate charity that tackles loneliness among the district’s older people has been chosen as charity of the year by Pannal Golf Club.

Supporting Older People (SOP), based in East Parade’s Community House, organises activities and outings to get older people out and about, in contact with others, and free from loneliness and isolation.

Previously the charity of the year for former Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Mike Newby, it will now be supported by events put on at Pannal Golf Club.

SOP director Kate Rogata said: “For us it is amazing to be asked because we are a small charity and quite often it is the big charities who are the ones to get this support, so it was wonderful that the club wanted to choose a smaller local charity that supports the elderly.

“It is such a fantastic honour to raise both awareness for our organisation, but also much needed funding.

“There are a lot of people who will get a great deal of enjoyment from the quiz and the talent show and the golf day and they raise money that will be well used to support the lonely older people in Harrogate, so we are delighted.

“It is very much about how we can maximise the opportunity and get as many people involved as possible.”

The Captains of Pannal Golf Club, Ian Shay and Sue Rutherford, told the Harrogate Advertiser they are delighted to have SOP as their charity this year.

Both Ian and Sue wanted to raise money for a small local charity where any sums raised during their year would make a real difference to the charity concerned.

Sue said: “I heard about SOP when a friend was working as a part-time coordinator for the charity and I was impressed by the dedication and care provided by the staff and volunteers.

“There are so many worthwhile causes to support but when I was invited to be Ladies’ Captain working alongside Ian, we both wanted to raise money for a charity which was local and helping the elderly.”

Fundraising functions at will include a quiz evening and a golf day on September 23.

Ian said: “We very much look forward to welcoming golfers to play at Pannal where they can enjoy a great game of golf in the knowledge that money raised will be supporting a fantastic cause.”