Members of Broxbourne Golf Club Mens Senior Section enjoyed a round of golf in the September sun and raised money to support our work with unpaid carers in the process.
Captain Danny Deveney chose Carers in Hertfordshire, as the section’s Charity of the Year for 2016 and collected donations from members who took part in their Annual Captain’s Golf Day on September 7th.
Danny organised the event at the Cheshunt Park Golf Centre with the help of Vice-Captain Phil Popham. So far Danny and the club have helped raise £721 for our cause.
Danny said: “The day went really well and was fun for me and all the members. It’s been a pleasure supporting Carers in Hertfordshire during my tenure as Seniors Captain as I know what a positive difference the charity makes to the lives of unpaid carers. Two members at the club have previously been carers and have told me about how good the charity was to them. I'm quite overwhelmed by the generosity of our members considering how small a society we are and I hope, on their behalf that the money will help towards the charity’s continuing projects."
He added: "The good news is that the incoming Captain Phil Popham has also chosen to support Carers in Hertfordshire in 2017, so hopefully we will do even better on your behalf next year.”
Phil Popham, who received bereavement support from us following the death of his wife, whom he cared for, added: “The day was great and everyone had a laugh. The bereavement service was very good, I met people in the same situation as myself that I could speak to and share my experience with. Carers in Hertfordshire helped me a lot.”
The day started with the golfers being greeted by Linda Cudmore, our Fundraising and Development Manager before they went out and enjoyed an 18-hole round of golf. Golfers then returned to the clubhouse for a buffet lunch and some awards.
Presented by Danny and Linda, the awards were given out for the longest drive, lowest score, nearest to the pin, individual winner and team winners.
The winners were:
• Nearest to the pin – George Thomson
• Longest Drive – Peter Chapman
• Lowest Score – Alan Rogers
• Winning Team – John Torrence, Ronnie Croxford, Ricky Boylett and John Reynolds
• Individual Winner/Highest Score – Ricky Boylett
One of the team winners, Ronnie said: “It was a fun day we all had a laugh. We were quite lucky to win by just one point. I received Make a Difference funding from Carers in Hertfordshire when I was caring for my wife and got a new pair of golf shoes and a year’s membership at the club, which really helped give me a break from caring and get back into golf. I try to go at least three times a week.”
Linda said: “The day was a great success. The club has provided us fantastic support over the past six months and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Broxbourne Men’s Seniors and further raising the profile of unpaid carers.”
Article and photography by Patric Bartlett, Communications and Marketing Intern.