Media Release: The Iron Games – Golf. A Success Story.

Media release

Fourth cup contested

Golf in action

Friday 12 October 2018 marked the final leg of The Iron Games, the golf tournament, which took place at the Aldenham Golf and Country Club, Watford. Eleven construction companies, forming eight teams, came together to see who would win the final cup of The Iron Games. Previous segments of The Iron Games have included Gaelic football, 7-a-side soccer and hurling.

Despite a windy day, the eight teams played competitively and the day saw senior representatives from all companies involved in The Iron Games: JRL, Danny Sullivan’s, Carey’s, GCLMitchellson’s, Oliver Connell, Murphy Group, PJ Keary, PC Colohan & Co Ltd, ASM Metal Recycling, Addington Formwork, Getjar, ECL, and Toureen Group.

Danny Sullivan as winners

Supporters from Haemochromatosis UK, attended the golf day as well as staff and trustees. Mark Bamber, Neil Sillett, Mary Dearing and Lynn Viccars also formed a team for the event and played alongside the companies raising money for HUK.

Throughout the day it was a close game, with Careys and Oliver Connell coming close to the top, staying almost neck and neck with their scores. However, it was Michael Dowling, Adam Cord, Gary Bulmer and Matt Charge from the Danny Sullivan team that ultimately emerged as winners.

To celebrate this year’s Iron Games, the golf day ended with a celebratory dinner. The dinner was attended by all companies involved, with Haemochromatosis UK presenting the representatives of the companies with a letter to thank them for their donations.

The Iron Games have raised over £110,000 from eleven Irish construction firms and the check was presented to Haemochromatosis UK at the dinner. The funds raised from The Iron Games will contribute towards creating and delivering a three year Genetic Haemochromatosis Education Programme (GHEP).

HUK presented with cheque

Corrina Towers, Chair of trustees at Haemochromatosis UK said, “The four events of The Iron Games saw eleven Irish construction companies, some of them rivals, come together and show a great display of sportsmanship and healthy competitiveness. Without a doubt the inaugural year of The Iron Games has been a huge success and it has turned HUK’s plans for a three year GH Education Programme into a reality.”

The GHEP becoming a reality means that HUK will employ an education manager to deliver projects, materials and events to educate healthcare professionals and communities at risk.

Corrina added that, “The GH Education Programme will save lives. HUK will now be able to educate healthcare professionals to better understand GH symptoms and treatment, so they can diagnose earlier and reduce suffering”.

The success of The Iron Games this year means that support has been stated for the continuation of The Iron Games in 2019 and 2020, therefore hopefully providing more funds for the GH Education Programme.

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Notes for Editors

Haemochromatosis: Excess iron stored in the body can cause organ damage, mental health problems, joint disease, diabetes and other issues. Iron overload can be fatal. It is usually easily treated if diagnosed early.

Eleven companies have entered The Iron Games raising a total of over £100,000 in sponsorship for Haemochromatosis UK. McGee, Pod-Trak, Owen Fabrications, Irish in Britain and The Irish Post have also sponsored The Iron Games. Toureen Group has sponsored the entirety of the event costs. Find out more: www.irongames.org.ukwww.ironoverload.org.uk.

Haemochromatosis UK is a charity and patient organisation providing support and information for those with genetic haemochromatosis (Iron Overload Disorder).

For further information, comments or images, please contact David Head, Chief Executive, via games@ironoverload.org.uk, 03030 401101 (office), or 07720 444084 (mobile). The images below can be freely used