Haverhill Golf Club raises £12,000 for hospice

Winners of the Lady Captains Charity Day
Winners of the Lady Captains Charity Day

Haverhill Golf Club has boosted the funds of a hospice by £12,000 after holding a captain’s charity day.

Around 30 teams of golfers, some from as far away as Newcastle, took part in the Coupals Road club event with St Nicholas Hospice Care being chosen as the charity of the year by club captain Bob Spittles and his wife Theresa. Mr Spittle said: “St Nicholas Hospice opened an outreach centre in Haverhill, and Theresa visited the centre and saw what a fantastic transformation the Burton Centre had undergone to support the local community.

“Haverhill Golf Club members kindly agreed to allow us to take over the club for a day so we could put all our efforts in to raising as much money as possible.”

As well as golfers from the town, Mr Spittle said players and guests also came from Manchester and Kent to support the day.

He said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity we have been shown. We would like to thank everyone who has either, sponsored, volunteered to help, entered a team, or contributed in any way to help our efforts in raising money.”

Hospice community fundraiser Jordan Hughes said: “The support the club in Haverhill has shown for the hospice is truly admirable, and I am very touched. “Support from Haverhill is simply brilliant.

“The Hospice needs to raise £11,000 a day to continue to provide the services that we do across the community for people and their families who are living with life-shortening illnesses,” she added.

Mr Hughes said the newly-opened Burton Centre – the hospice’s first outreach centre in Suffolk – was providing complimentary therapies, craft sessions, counselling sessions and one-on-one doctor appointments.

“The community room downstairs can be hired out by all sorts of groups. It costs only £10 an hour – any medical organisations get the use of the room for free,” he said.

“We are very keen to keep the downstairs of the building open for the community to use, hence the community room, and there is a cafe with value-for-money cakes, coffees, tea and sausage rolls.

“We hope people will pop in and support the centre, as all money taken in the cafe and community room is put straight back into the hospice for good use.”