Golfers Get Another Chance to Support The Chiltern Centre

Golfers got another chance this year to support The Chiltern Centre yesterday at Henley Golf Club.  Normally the charity holds just one Golf Day each year but this year both Henley clubs wanted to host one.  The first event was held at Badgemore Golf Club in June which raised £2,500.

48 players in 12 teams of four enjoyed playing golf in the sunshine yesterday.  Neil D’Mello from Towergate Insurance Brokers played with a colleague and 2 clients.  He said afterwards, “It was an early start and it was hard going to start with but got better and better.  It got very competitive as we had our team competition and the prize money of £20 was going to go into the raffle today.  It’s our fifth time of playing at the tournament.  It’s something we love to support and it’s in the diary every year.  It’s a local charity we like to support. We know how important it is for the families and we know how hard it is for charities and Covid has made it even harder.  It’s the right thing for us to be supporting as a local business.  It’s been a really great day and we’ve enjoyed it.”

Paul Barrett, Chair of the Chiltern Centre Trustees said, “We don’t normally do this, at this time of year.  We’ve had two this year which is fantastic because both clubs co-operated.  As there were quite a few Henley Golf Club members who came to Badgemore in June we thought we were going to struggle with numbers today but it’s been fantastic.  It’s a lovely event where everyone has a good time.  The only thing you can’t predict is the weather but it is great today.”

The event was sponsored by The Henley Distillery.  The silent auction included a meal at Hurley House, a round of golf at The Springs Golf Club, Hair style with Alessio at La Medusa and a star prize given by The Henley Distillery of a tour with gin tasting.

The raffle was supported by local businesses including Spoon Cafe & Deli, Wild & Rust, Woods Wines, Hennerton Golf Club , Henley Golf Club, and Badgemore Golf Club with luxury make up and skin care brand Chantecaille supporting by giving goodie bags and a skin care gift box.

The competition winners were Alan Pontin, Ben Pontin, Jamie Morley and Justin Morley (Men’s Team) Kathy Hooper, Alison Weir, Mags Grainger and Mary Wingrove (Ladies Team Winners)  and mixed team winners Alan Wilson, Ian Heggie, Dave Griffin and Susie Newman.

Emma Lerche-Thomsen, Fundraiser for The Chiltern Centre said, “I would like to thank James Brockington and all the team at Henley Golf Club for facilitating the day for us.  Gemma at Atticus and Hope for the balloons.  I’d like to thank our volunteers Helen Morton and Annie Abbey Quinn for their time and support and to my fundraising colleague Harriet Barcella, our Chair of Trustees, Paul Barrett and to all our regular players for supporting our 13th Annual Golf Day which raised £2,000.”

During the day, Peter & Nadieh from Hotfooted Ladies Shoes presented Emma with a cheque for £700 for the Chiltern Centre from a charity sale they held at Phyllis Court Club on 21st September.  Peter said, “Hotfooted has attended and supported charity fundraising events at PCC for many years.  We have a large and loyal following of lady members who also like to support local charities.  As  PCC isn’t hosting any charity fairs presently we decided to organise one ourselves in aid of the Chiltern Centre.  Nadieh added, “We’d like to thank Bistro at the Boathouse, Bijan restaurant and Waitrose for the very generous raffle prizes.”