Fun Golfing Society Raises £4,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Thirty retired older members at Henley Golf Club who play golf three times a week in all weathers and call themselves the RAWW EGGS (Red and White Wine Elderly Gentlemen’s Golfing Society) as the wine after their round, is just as important as the golf, have again been raising money for a charity – this year it was the Alzheimer’s Society.

The past 12 months individual fines for minor misdemeanours e.g. allowing ones phone to ring or letting your trolley run away, along with an auction of donated items – rounds of golf at other clubs, fine wines and golf clothing, at their Christmas Lunch has raised £4000.

In the previous six years collections have been made for Sue Ryder, Motor Neurone Disease, Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Heart Disease raising just under £25,000. Michael Heriot from the RAWW EGGS said “Some of our members over the years have been affected by those medical problems and in some cases Sue Ryder were of great help to them and of course, we all never know when these illness will affect us.  Our thanks to all who donated items for our auction and our golfers for their donations.”

Yesterday member Alan Freke who is Chair of the Greens and on the Board of Directors at Henley Golf Club scored a hole in one on the second hole.  Alan said, “The tradition is when you get a hole in one you put a bottle of whisky behind the bar and buy wine for the members.  I always think I’m going to get one.  The excitement is when you get to the green and you can’t see the ball and you automatically think it is in the rough at the back.  I felt I had hit it well and I thought it might be close.  Being part of RAWW EGGS is great that we raise money for worthwhile charities.”

Georgia Thornton, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful that RAWW EGGS at Henley Golf Club have chosen to support Alzheimer’s Society.  Every pound donated makes a life changing difference to people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society provides vital support to people living with dementia, funds ground-breaking research and campaigns to make dementia the priority it should be. Together we will end the devastation caused by dementia.

There are over 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK, but we simply cannot reach everyone without the continued support of our incredible fundraisers like the RAWW EGGS”


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