The competition was open to teams of ladies’, men’s and mixed pairs. Forty people took part including members of both the Rivenhall Ladies’ and Senior Men’s Sections and keen golfers from other local clubs plus two players who travelled from Cambridge to compete.
The day began with registration and coffee from 8.15am, followed by an 18-hole ‘four ball’ round of golf. Halfway through, the teams stopped for refreshments and homemade cakes and pies which were baked by the Rivenhall Ladies in return for donations to The J’s Hospice.
The charity – which is based in Witham – cares for young adults, aged 16-40, with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes and in the community. The J’s Hospice provides a range of services including tailored nursing and emotional care, advice, end of life care and bereavement support. It focuses on their individual needs and helps them to manage their illness as much as possible so they can concentrate on leading a happy and fulfilled life.
The Charity Golf Day concluded with a two-course meal and awards. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were Brenda and Robin Reeves from The Essex Golf Club; the Ladies’ Pairs were Georgina Penketh and Gwyn Ferreira and the Men’s Pairs were Roy Smith and Terry Ladkin. They each received engraved wine glasses and a bottle of wine.
More money was raised for The J’s through a raffle with prizes including a hamper; vouchers for a swim and lunch at Prested Hall; a golf lesson with a professional coach and plants which were provided by Perrywoods.
Maureen Williams from the Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club Ladies’ Section said, ‘’We chose to support The J’s Hospice because one of our ladies, Anne Andrews, and our Manager, Bill Chapman, have previously taken part in the charity’s annual cycle ride, Pedal for The J’s, to raise money. The work of The J’s Hospice’s nurses is such a worthwhile cause that the Ladies’ Section decided to support them by organising this Golf Day. The Lady Captain, Marion Carroll, was delighted by the response received to our invitations to the event and even the weather was ideal. A very sincere thank you to Bill Chapman; the Events Team who provided an excellent meal; all the golfers that attended and the helpers for the halfway break who generously helped us to raise £810.”
Marianna Alexandrou, Community Fundraiser for The J’s Hospice, added, “The J’s Hospice must raise over £19,000 each week to be there for every young adult who needs us. Thank you to the Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club for hosting this event and to the Ladies’ Section and all of the competitors for their enthusiastic support for The J’s which raised so much money.”