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West Sussex Golf Day Raises £11,500

On Thursday (28 April), a golf day in Angmering raised £11,500 for disabled veterans.

Sixteen teams of four took part in the fundraising event at Ham Manor Golf Club in aid of local charity, Care for Veterans.

The charity provides care and rehabilitation for physically disabled veterans and their immediate families at its facility in Worthing, West Sussex.

Kindly sponsored by Pinnacle UK, the day involved 18 holes and a meal in the historic manor clubhouse. There was also the opportunity to win prizes in the ‘bottle putting competition’.

The winners of the tournament were presented with their prizes by residents at Care for Veterans, 102-year-old WWII Army veteran, Major Ted Hunt and former Royal Engineer Steve Boylan. The winners were ‘The Four Musketeers’ (Tony Francis, Peter Beck, Connor Beck, Chayce Beck) and, just missing out on first place, were ‘The Good the Bad and Just Right Bandits’ (John Edney, Stephen Wetherill, Gardy McKay, Paul Stratton).

Rupert Toovey from Toovey’s Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers donated his time and expertise to host the auction. Auction prizes were donated by Ham Manor Golf Club, Mindworks, Malmaison Brighton, The Dining Room, Hownhall Shooting, Arsenal FC, James Ross Jewellers, Action Coach, Tom David Decorating, Horsted Place, Paradox Place, Bolney Estate, Fizz Creations & Next. Co-Prom Sourcing Solutions donated ‘Nearest the Pin’ prizes. Goodie Bags were supported by Southdown Water, FSB, Britton & Time Solicitors and The Sussex Sign Company.­

Several local businesses supported the event by entering a team, including Proteus Waterproofing, Invictus Wealth, ETI, Goldsmith Roofing, Michael Jones & Co., My Will Company, RDS Ecommerce, Tony Graham Photography, EG Wholesale, Wightman & Parrish, HD Tribe & Bluecoat Wealth Management, Worthing Golf Club and Ham Manor Golf Club.

Christine Gillott, Senior Fundraiser at Care for Veterans, said: “We are very grateful to Ham Manor Golf Club and everyone who supported the event. This is a fantastic venue, and it is great to be able to host large events again to raise much-needed funds for the charity. We are thrilled with the amount raised, which will support the care and rehabilitation of the disabled veterans in our care.”

Many of the current residents in Care for Veterans’ 60-bed facility have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s. It provides services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy to help rehabilitate those who live there to live more independent lives.

The charity receives no regular Government funding and must raise over £1.5 million each year to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-armed forces personnel.

For more information about Care for Veterans, visit www.careforveterans.org.uk, call 01903 213458 or email info@careforveterans.org.uk.

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