CREST Business Awards Charity Golf Day raises £4k for Surrey Wildlife Trust

International explorer Nick Hollis, who has taken on the world’s most challenging feats of endurance to promote environmental responsibility, praised the golfers he joined at the CREST Business Awards Charity Golf Day, who raised £4,000 for Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT).

The event, which took place on 9 May at West Surrey Golf Club, was organised by CREST – Surrey’s only green business awards – and supported by a cross-section of local businesses who enjoyed a day at the prestigious golf course, as well as the chance to learn about Nick’s 721 Challenge, climbing the world’s highest summits on each of the world’s seven continents, skiing to the two poles and rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Backed by The World Land Trust, Nick has put the environment at the centre of this challenge. He said the £4,000 raised for SWT was “a fantastic achievement” and welcomed the opportunity to be a part of CREST Business Awards’ first charity golf day, saying that businesses need to come together to collaborate and influence politicians to make long-term investments to combat climate change.

Nick said: “If businesses are able to collaborate, not just compete, they are going to be able to influence government which is fundamentally what we need. We need a policy change. If organisations come together, they are going to be able to drive that change.”

“This event shows the value of the CREST Awards programme in bringing people and organisations together so they can see first-hand the impact of their support, decisions, actions and efforts are having. 

“In this case, they have Surrey Wildlife Trust standing in front of them to explain what they’re doing and how the money being raised is being used for the greater good of the community and the people at large.”

Charlie Thefaut, a spokesman for Surrey Trust, said: “It’s an amazing result to raise £4,000! It was a fantastic day. Everything – the weather, the golf and the lunch and speeches – went so well. It was incredible to hear from Nick Hollis as well.

“I want to extend a huge thank you from myself and everyone at the Trust for all the effort you put into this event. The money raised will have a real impact on our mission to restore nature in Surrey.”

Terry Tidbury, co-director of CREST Business Awards, added: “What a day! With help from our friends at Surrey Wildlife Trust and Nick’s incredible talk, we were able to deliver a cracking day. 

“I am so proud to have led the team and raised much-needed funds. Thanks must go to all the teams taking part and of course West Surrey Golf Club for allowing us to hold the event.”

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