Fifteen teams of golfers took to the greens of Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club to take part in the 26th Hansel Charity Golf Day on Thursday, May 2.

The course was in first class condition and everyone had a fantastic round of golf, despite the strong wind.

A fundraising auction and prize draw took place after the post-tournament dinner, with the event capably hosted by Robert Dykes.

Ayr Advertiser: Individual winner Robert Gray of LowmacIndividual winner Robert Gray of Lowmac (Image: Hansel)

Winning the Friends of Hansel Quaich in first place were the team from Lowmac, followed by Smart Working Services in second place and AtkinsRealis in third.

Individual prizes went to the following players.

Best individual Robert Gray (Lowmac); longest drive Mark McHenry; nearest the pin (4th hole) Brian Raftery; nearest the pin (12th) Derek Walker.

Ayr Advertiser: The Hansel teamThe Hansel team (Image: Hansel)

Hansel's own team included Colin Philp and Sheena Hope, gents' and ladies' captains at Kilmarnock (Barassie), as well as Neil Gallagher, Hansel's finance and operational support director, and Robert Dykes from Kilmarnock FC, who acted as the event's host and auctioneer.

Agnes Paton, Hansel's fundraising and communications manager said: "We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the event including our sponsors, hole sponsors, people who donated prizes and of course all the golfers.

"They helped us to raise £5,577.91, which will be used to replace an industrial washing machine in our supported business, the Hansel Laundry.

"Our thanks go to Robert Dykes for hosting the event and to the team at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club for their assistance and expertise.”

Ayr Advertiser: Robert Dykes at the fundraising auctionRobert Dykes at the fundraising auction (Image: Hansel)

The Hansel Laundry is a fully operational commercial laundry which provides a range of competitively priced quality services for Ayrshire businesses and individuals.

As well as providing a fantastic service, it gives employment to seven people who have a range of additional support needs, and enables them to fulfil their potential while making a valuable contribution to the local economy and wider society.

Hansel is a leading social care charity offering a range of services to people with additional support needs all across Ayrshire.

For 61 years, Hansel has been at the forefront of innovation in developing supports for adults with learning disabilities and/or living with autism.

Their vision is to give people of all abilities the freedom to live the life they choose.

Find out more about the charity and its work at