Blackmoor Golf Club is pleased to announce that the captains’ charities have raised more than nineteen thousand pounds for the UK Sepsis Trust and Hampshire Alzheimer & Dementia Society.
The donations, which were raised by members of the golf club over the past 18months, were presented to representatives from both charities on Saturday 16th October during the annual Captain’s Drive-in, a ceremonial held to mark the outgoing of the current Captains and incoming of the new club officers.
The 2021 Club Captain’s charity, the UK Sepsis Trust, was awarded the sum of £8,847 presented to Trust Volunteer Pete Gill by the Club Immediate Past Captain Dennis Pym and Andy Kendall from the Hampshire Alzheimer & Dementia Society accepted a cheque for £10,191 by the Ladies’ Immediate Past Captain Frances Hudson, bringing the total charitable donation to £19,038.
Speaking at the presentation, Club Past Captain Dennis Pym said it had been a pleasure and privilege to hold the Club Captaincy at Blackmoor Golf Club and to be able to support the UK Sepsis Trust, an organisation which helps to prevent deaths from the life-threatening condition. In a letter from the UK Sepsis Trust, Chief Executive, Dr Ron Daniels thanked Blackmoor for the incredibly generous donation that would go directly towards raising public awareness, educating health professionals, and supporting those affected by Sepsis.
Each year the Blackmoor Captain’s choose a charity to support at the beginning of their tenure and fundraising events and activities are held throughout the year to encourage contributions from club members. In 2020 coronavirus restrictions meant that many of the planned activities needed to be postponed, so the club decided to extend the captaincies for a further year, a decision which had a very positive effect on proceeds raised.
Commenting on the donations, Frances Hudson said: “Proceeds have been raised by holding plenty of fundraising events and activities which encourage donations from our members, these included charity coffee mornings, captain’s raffles, fun golf days, cake baking as well as individual donations from members. I’m extremely grateful to everyone for their support and generosity during my captaincy.”
Speaking at the presentation Alzheimer’s Community Fundraiser, Andy Kendall said: “Like all charities, our income has taken a huge blow due to the pandemic, while demand for our vital dementia support services has sky-rocketed. Without the generosity of supporters like the members of Blackmoor Golf Club we simply cannot keep up. Their donation will make a big difference to lives of people affected by dementia and their families who have never needed us more.”
Following the AGM of Blackmoor Golf Club the previous evening, the Captain’s Drive-in ceremony welcomed the newly elected club officers. The 2022 Club Captain, Kevin Quinn drove off the first tee with a 216-yard drive, a distance correctly guessed by Elspeth Dixon in the Drive-in sweep, which raised money for Myeloma UK the newly appointed Club charity. Myeloma UK is the only UK charity focused on the discovery, development, and access to new effective treatments for Myeloma, a blood cancer arising from plasma cells.
He was preceded by Nigel Barrow, the newly elected Seniors’ Captain, and Vi Ricketts, the Ladies’ Captain.