Golfers chip in thousands for charity

Charity event named after the ‘voice of golf’ raises remarkable sum for disabled.

An annual charity event hosted at Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset has now raised more than £1.25million for the Peter Alliss Wheelchair Crusade, a campaign that purchases wheelchairs and walking aids for children. Money was also raised for the charities nominated by the club’s two captains: High Mead Farm, the Ferndown-supported work environment for people with disabilities and mental health issues, and Macmillan Caring Locally. Twenty-eight teams of four participated in the event on the club’s immaculate championship standard course with the Invatrust team, led by club member David Harris and featuring James Tarbuck, son of Jimmy, emerging as winners. “I am astounded every year at the amount of money raised by this fine event and 2019 proved no different,” said Peter Alliss, whose family link with Ferndown stretches back to 1939. “My grateful thanks to everyone who played the event and to tournament secretary, Sue Helliker, and the team who worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure everything runs so smoothly.” Club captain Matt Fleming highlighted the importance the charity day holds at Ferndown Golf Club. “This is our most important charity day of the year and, because it supports the provision of earmarked purchases for specific disabled youngsters, we can all see the results of our efforts. “The lunchtime presentation next March will be a very special event and I doubt there’ll be a dry eye in the house when our nominated young recipients from local special schools come along to say hello and receive their much-needed walking aids.” The day culminated with a champagne reception and dinner, including a charity auction hosted by comedian and after-dinner speaker Ian Irving, former captain of the Variety Club Golfing Society. The auction itself raised £30,000. Among the players this year was Ferndown GC’s Haley Davis, who made her major debut at the US Ladies Open this summer. Ferndown GC general manager Ian Walton said: “As ever, we are indebted to the generosity of club members and friends who participate in this tournament and open their wallets to support our excellent charity auction.”

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