Golfers at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club have raised £374 for charity through a recent golf competition.
The event was organised by Steve Dennis, senior captain at the club, to support the work of Sammie Thurlow-Baker, a local counsellor who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence last year.
Mr Dennis, formerly head of the Sussex Police Major Crime Branch, said, “This charity is very close to my heart.
“It’s local, it does great work and it saves lives.”
The NSPDV was founded to raise awareness, deliver education and give aid to those living with domestic abuse; it provides emergency clothing, lock changes and housing funds where needed, taxi fares to reach places of safety and offers support through counselling.
National statistics highlight that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their life; however, in a survey commissioned by the NSPDV, 68 per cent of those questioned experienced some for of abuse, with most failing to report it to police or discuss it.
It is hoped that the golf competition for NSPDV will become an annual fixture at the club. For further details about the charity, visit www.nspdv.co.uk