Badgemore Park Captain Raises £11K+ for Action for ME

Badgemore Park Golf Men’s Captain presented a cheque for £11,560 to Action for ME on Saturday evening at the Club’s AGM.

Men’s Captain, Leslie Hines said, “I chose the charity, Action for ME as my niece who is 37 suffers with it and it is not a good thing. I chose a charity close to my heart.  I’ve been humbled by the generosity of everyone at Badgemore.  From all the fundraising events that we have run from the assistant pros who played golf non-stop for 24 hours in the summer to hosting Solheim Cup Captain and winner, Catriona Matthew OBE.  All the way through the year, people have been so generous.  I didn’t set myself a target but £11,560, is an incredible amount.”

Ruth Richardson from Action for ME said, “Every penny that is raised goes towards helping people suffering with ME and their families.  It affects about 250,000 people in the UK.  We work with about 50,000 people a year and 4,000 directly with our services.  A huge thank you to Leslie and everyone at Badgemore Park for raising this incredible amount of money.  It is really wonderful and it is the largest cheque I’ve come out to receive in many years of doing this job.  ME isn’t the easiest cause to raise money for as there is still a lot of stigma and misunderstanding about the condition from health, education and work professionals.  Our largest service is running a help and support line for people ME and their families to access help, benefits, talking to employees. We work a lot with children, as ME as it is the biggest cause of long term absence for school children.  We have been working with children, their families and education professionals to ensure that children can stay in school even if that’s only for a few days a week.  We have healthcare services and we are keen on funding research.  There is a real distinct lack of research and there’s been no breakthrough in the last 30 years so we’d like to see those breakthroughs happen and ultimately find a cure.”

Melvyn Keen (pictured below right) took over as the new Men’s Captain on Saturday and he will be raising money for CUREUsher pictured here with co-founder Steve White.  A charity funding research into and supporting people living with, Usher syndrome a genetically inherited combined hearing and sight loss.  Melvyn said, “I chose the charity because a friend of mine’s daughter has two children who have Usher syndrome.  I plan to raise money through my drive in auction tomorrow, a summer Captain’s Day and other events throughout the year.”



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