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Dounreay Golfers Charity Cheques
The Royal Dornoch Golf Course is renowned throughout the golfing world, a mecca for professionals and amateurs alike.  On a warm sunny day last month thirteen teams of three, representing contractors engaged in decommissioning work at Dounreay, met there to play for the UKAEA Site Restoration Trophy. Two members were employees of the contractor, and the third was a UKAEA employee who acted as host.

Pictured receiving the cheques: left to right: Johanna Geddes, Highland Hospice; Colin Paterson,
UKAEA; Peter Welsh, Dounreay Director; Barry Cann,
 Orion Engineering;    Paul Savage, Orion Eng; Pauline Craw and Val Taylor, Caithness General.

The event was financed by the contractors, with the money being used to pay course fees, prizes and other incidental expenses and any balance was to be awarded to charity.  As well as the honour of winning the very fine trophy, the winning team was given the privilege of nominating one or more charities to receive the eventual balance of 2,700.

The winning team, Orion Group - D Gow & Son, comprising Barry Cann, Paul Savage and host Colin Paterson, chose the Highland Hospice and the Bignold Wing Caithness General Hopital to receive an equal share of the balance.

Pauline Craw, who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Bignold Wing, thanked those involved, and said this was the second occasion in a short time that Caithness General had benefited from the generosity of those working at Dounreay.

Joanna Geddes of Highland Hospice, in expressing her thanks, said it was very appropriate that this generous sum was the result of a game of golf played in Sutherland by people who work in Caithness, as it would go towards funding vital bed space in the two counties.

Dounreay Director Peter Welsh said "I am always delighted when the local community benefits from the decommissioning work at Dounreay. I am equally delighted when local well deserving causes benefit from the leisure pursuits of our staff and contractors".

The sponsoring companies were:Alstec; Costain; DGP International; Edmund Nuttall Ltd; Hoare Lea; INBIS; Intech-Power Ltd; Morson International; Mott MacDonald Ltd; NNC/Halcrow; Orion Group - D Gow & Son; RWE Nukem; Sanderson Watts Associastes.