A group of golfers from Henley Golf Club presented a cheque for £6000 to Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire yesterday.
The amount had been raised by the RAWW EGGS (Red and White Wine Elderly Gentlemen Golfers Society), a group of some 33 golfers who meet to play golf and socialise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each Christmas they have golf followed by lunch and by means of fines, donations and an auction raise money for Charity. This year one of their members, Martyn Jordan was looked after by and received care from Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire before sadly passing away and his widow, Vicky Jordan, wished this year’s collection to benefit them.
In previous years donations have been made to Motor Neurone Disease and Cancer Research.
The group would like to thank all the members who paid their fines, donated prizes and the firms in the area who donated prizes for the auction – the Falle family, Westcoast, Henley Self Storage, Southern Plant, Badgemore Golf Club, The Caversham Home of Reading Golf Club, Oxford Golf Club and Henley Hawks.
Vicky Jordan said, “I contacted Sue Ryder, when Martyn couldn’t get out of the bath so I thought I should get some sort of help. A friend of mine said that she had Sue Ryder come and they were really the most helpful people. They were absolutely magnificent. They were amazing at what they did. Not only providing practical help but a lot of supporting things too. They knew what would be required and they helped financially as well. This (golf club) was my husband’s second home and the golfers his second family and he used to come back and talk about all of them. Although I didn’t play golf I felt I knew them. They support each other and I don’t know how they raised so much it’s amazing, perhaps it was all fines?”
Michael Heriot from RAWW EGGS said, “The fines included looking at your phone (£5), phone ringing (£10), banging your clubs on the ground, swearing etc. Whatever the mood took us we came up with a fine – it was all fun stuff.”
Meghan Bentley, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, said: “Thank you very much to the members of RAWW EGGS for their generous donation to support the compassionate care we provide in the community. The funds raised will ensure we can continue to be there when it matters for local families, helping patients in our care experience as much comfort as possible at the end of their life.”