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Haverhill Golf Club cards £15,700 for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Charity days, raffles and an old-fashioned tea party have helped Haverhill Golf Club to raise £15,707 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The club, which has more than 600 members, raised the sum after 2014 club captain Bob Spittle and 2014 ladies’ captain Theresa Spittle chose the Hospice as their charity of the year.

Theresa said: “We all know people who have been affected by cancer or life-threatening illnesses.

“We wanted to choose a very local charity to Haverhill to support and at the same time we heard the Hospice was opening its outreach centre in the town.

“We knew, then, what we were going to choose.

“Following our decision to support the Hospice one of our friends went to the Hospice before she died.

“Another friend was diagnosed with MS – she didn’t think she would be ill enough for the Hospice but she’s found it has helped her quite a bit.”

Bob said: “We raised the money over several events during our year.

“We held a captain’s drive-in, a charity day and ladies charity day and there was an old-fashioned tea party – when the men were banned.”

Theresa said she initially hoped the tea party might attract 30 women, but was overwhelmed when 92 pitched up.

“We didn’t realise how big it would turn out to be,” she added.

Bob said he initially hoped their efforts might raise £10,000 for the Hospice.

“To have raised more than £15,000 is just phenomenal,” he said. “But we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the members.”

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, visited the club last Thursday (9) to collect the funds.

“This money really will make a difference. Thank you to Bob, Theresa and everyone at Haverhill Golf Club who helped to raise it.

“Donations such as this mean the Hospice can continue to help make living with dying better,” said Miranda.

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