A charity golf day for chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice has raised £8,261.
The fundraiser was held at Willingdon Golf Club at the end of June and organised by Paul Roberts. It was held to raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice, who provide care for children with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex.
Paul, whose granddaughter is currently cared for by the hospice, said, “Following the two wettest days of the year, and the very real possibility that the course would be closed, we were very relieved to have absolutely amazing weather.
“There were 100 people playing, with teams of four playing a 18 hole round of golf. Individual prizes were available on 9 out of 18 holes, one of which was won by 16-year-old Michael Quinn Jnr, holing a putt of a staggering 57 feet 6 inches – you would normally only expect a putt of this length from the world’s top professional golfers.
“There was a two course meal after the golf, followed by entertainment from fantastic young card magician from Eastbourne, Kris Singh.
“We had a total of 27 items for the auction which included a Manchester United football signed by the first team squad, a signed England rugby union shirt, two football shirts – one Manchester United and one England – both signed by Wayne Rooney, two tickets for a Justin Bieber concert, and a flight in a light aircraft over Kent.
“We have been truly amazed by everybody’s support and would like to pass on our sincere thanks to all involved in the day, including everyone who played, those who were persuaded to part with their money by Mick during the auction, Dan in the Pro Shop and David and Troy at Golfbase for their donations and, of course, the volunteers who gave their time to help.”
Tracey Luker from Chestnut Tree said, “Thank you so much to Paul for the many months of organisation and effort that went into this event. The total amount he has raised is staggering – enough to pay for more than one day of all of our care services, both in families’ own homes and at the hospice itself.”
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