Haverhill charities boosted by golf fund-raiser

THE eighth annual golf day organised by Havebury Housing Partnership has netted £8,000 for charities in the Suffolk area, including two good causes based in Haverhill.

Following the recent successful event at Haverhill Golf Club some of the proceeds will be split between Haverhill based charities, REACH Community Projects, which helps those struggling financially and the Gateway Club, which supports people with learning disabilities.

Donations are also going to alcohol rehabilitation charity Focus12 in Bury St Edmunds and the town’s branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Havebury chief executive Karen Mayhew said: “We are thrilled that the event was so successful and that we can donate a substantial sum to each of these worthy causes.

“The £8,000 raised this year brings our overall golf day total to £60,000 over the last eight years which is a fantastic sum of money.

“It is very heartening to know that, in a difficult financial climate, people are still prepared to show their generosity for those who are less fortunate.”

REACH projects director Henry Wilson said: “This is great news for REACH.

“We are currently in the process of raising funds for new ICT across all the projects in preparation for the benefit changes that are coming in April 2013.

“This amazing donation will come in incredibly handy towards the total amount needed for this upgrade.”

Havebury thanked all those who played, sponsored a hole or donated items for the raffle or auction: Greenland Houchen, Seamans Building, Vinci, Mosaic Publicity, Travis Perkins, Dynorod, Savills, Aaron Services, Grant Thornton, Corgi, Seager Heating, Norse, EFMS, Elliston Steady and Hawes, Saffron Housing, MLT Architects, Mitie Property Services, Mitie Fire and Security, JMP, Norwich City Football Club, Haverhill Golf Club, Maison Bleue, Red Lodge Karting, National Trust, Swaffham Golf Club, Seckford Golf Club, High Lodge, Sainsburys Haverhill and representatives from Havebury’s own employee team.

Mrs Mayhew also thanked Baxi Potterton for donating a boiler for the auction and Thwaites Beer Company for providing refreshments for the players.