A total of 70 golfers got into the swing of things by raising over £5,000 towards the award-winning project ‘Grandmentors’ in Suffolk.

The 18 teams were mainly corporate sponsors, some of whom have personally been Grandmentors- an intergenerational mentoring project that has turned around the lives of over 40 young care leavers in Suffolk over the past two years.

Stephen Skeet, Head of the London and East regions of Volunteering Matters, which runs Grandmentors, said: “This is the third year we have held this event, which directly helps to turn around young care leavers’ lives. We facilitate 30 ‘matches’ a year, and the business community in Suffolk, along with the County Council, are invaluable partners in growing this provision. We are particularly lucky that corporate partners are prepared to volunteer, fundraise and also assist our mentees in entering employment or a traineeship.”

Inspired by the accepting and nurturing relationship between a young person and a grandparent, the programme recruits, trains and supports volunteer mentors from a diverse range of backgrounds, aged 50-plus, known as Grandmentors. They use their skills and experience to provide bespoke mentoring for young people leaving care during their transition into adulthood and independence.

The event was organised by Karl Mallett of CFB UK, who is a Grandmentor. Among the participants yesterday were Barclays Business, who match funded £1000 raised by Allen Fulcher, and Suffolk chamber of commerce, who took home the winning trophy.