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West Byfleet Golf Club splashes out almost £40,000 to help local charities

Local charities will share a record fundraising pot of almost £40,000 this year, with Momentum Children’s Charity being the biggest beneficiary at West Byfleet Golf Club’s official handover.

Momentum Children’s Charity, a joint nomination by Club Captain Keith Mannering and Ladies’ Captain Penny Coase as the main charity to be supported in 2019, was presented with a cheque for £25,000.

The charity offers practical and emotional support to children with cancer or life-challenging conditions and their families. It is the biggest single amount ever donated to a charity organization by the Club in Sheerwater Road.

Proceeds from fundraising at West Byfleet Golf Club throughout 2019, of which the Charity Day in July is the single biggest event, will go towards the work the charity does on the children’s wards at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

Some of the funds have already transformed an Isolation Room on the children’s ward at St Peter’s Hospital into a charming woodland-themed room. Another amount is paying for a much-needed retractable sun canopy for the Oncology Garden, as well as some garden seating. The remaining funds will go towards Momentum Children’s Charity’s Family Support Programme for St Peter’s families, which includes specialist therapy services, counselling and respite breaks.

Kate Brookes, Corporate Fundraiser for Momentum Children’s Charity, told members at the official handover: “On behalf of all the families with seriously ill children we support at St Peter’s Hospital, I can’t thank you enough! We are overwhelmed by your support which will make a massive difference to what the charity can achieve for local families. It’s an incredible amount to receive, for which we are truly grateful.”

Other charities that receive donations in 2019 from West Byfleet Golf Club are Children with Special Needs Foundation, Your Sanctuary, Runnymede Dementia Carers Support, The Matthew Hackney Foundation, Home Start Guildford, Woking Street Angels, York Road Project, Tofs, Quest Riding for Disabled, Shine Surrey and Woking Age Concern.

Keith Mannering, Captain of West Byfleet Golf Club, said: “The generosity of members and supporters at our family-friendly club never ceases to amaze us. It’s been an amazing year. Hopefully we might even generate a bit more money by the end of 2019.”

  • On the same day, Terry Christy, Club President, handed over engraved crystal bowls to players who competed six rounds in one day in June in aid of the Captains’ Charities, which raised £6,000 alone. The six who completed 108 holes were: Colin Harding, Charlie Townsend, Simon Fillary, David Atkinson, Simon Robinson and Steve Pinder.

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