Hotel near Chester

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa in Tarporley hosted a fun-packed golf and family event in line with World Downs Syndrome Day to raise money for the Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group.

With a total of £4,000 raised over the two days, the hotel helped the charity in their efforts to provide support for families and carers throughout Cheshire looking after children with Down's Syndrome.

Day one of the event saw the hotel showcasing its world-class golf courses, with 53 golfers enjoying the venue's Championship and Premier courses against the backdrop of the Cheshire countryside and competing for a number of prizes.

On day two, over 100 families from as far as Liverpool and North Wales enjoyed a fun-packed afternoon with a choir performance from Davenham School, a raffle prize draw, and a Disney's Frozen theme. A number of young entrepreneurs also set up their own business stalls, selling goodies to impressed attendees.

Marc Smith, General Manager at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: "There's a real passion amongst the team at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa to get involved in the wider community and share this sense of belonging.

"The day itself was exceptional and a huge celebration of what children and young people with Down's Syndrome can achieve. We are proud to have been part of it and to have raised £4,000 for the charity."

Sponsored challenges also took place to raise money in a unique way, including 30 hoola hoopers spinning for 21 hours straight and attendees doing 210 press ups in under three minutes. All challenges included the numbers 21 and three to represent the three copies of chromosome 21 that is unique to those with Down's Syndrome.

To top off a wonderful event, attendees sang Happy Birthday to a bashful Phil Sawicki, Golf Sales Co-Ordinator at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa.

Julie Duff, Committee Member at Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group, said: "The two day event was just superb. I can't express enough our gratitude for the work that Marc, Phil and team put in to making the occasion such a success."

Over £11,000 was raised for the Cheshire Down's Syndrome Support Group,  from various events taking place all over the region.