The majority of us are in a very privileged position. We either own or rent our own homes, have jobs and raise families. We have the time and money to play golf, whether that’s a round every now and then or an almost daily tee time.
Yet we have all probably been touched by illness and disease. This may be first hand or through a friend, family member or colleague. Getting that diagnosis can literally change lives in an instant.
So here at Warley Park, we believe in giving back. And we are delighted to state that our members have the same mentality. In 2016 alone, we are proud to have raised more than £20,000 for charity through a variety of fundraising events.
Warley Park General Manager, Stuart Orrin and Emma Pike, who works Front of House, completed the London Marathon on April 24th 2016. In doing so, they raised more than £4,000 for their chosen charities of MIND and Leukaemia Care.
‘One Day, 72 Holes!’ was a truly epic charity event! After 13.5 hours of thwacking Warley Park Golf Course to death on June 21st 2016 – the longest day of the year – and walking more than 20 miles (with the blisters to prove it!), our current Captain, Keith Duggan and his motley crew of John Overton, Dave Oakley and Ian Diebelius raised approximately £4,000 on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Fund.
On July 31st 2016, Warley Park members Doug Carrington and Nigel Francombe took part in the London Prudential 100 mile bike ride, raising £730 on behalf of the Saint Francis Hospice. Covering Havering, Brentwood, Redbridge, Berking and Dagenham, Saint Francis Hospice provides palliative care for people who have a life limiting disease due to heart disease, cancer, MND or respiratory disease.
Just last month, Warley Park had two charity events. Our Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £537, whilst our MATES Day was a charity golf day organised by long-standing WPGC member, Ned Pullin on behalf of Little Havens Hospice, which saw a huge £7,152 in generous donations.
This November we are holding our annual Poppy Day Golf Day. In 2015 we raised over £800 and hope to exceed that target this year.
Plus when you add in the charity donations Warley Park members have to leave when hitting the ball into the ‘captain’s bunker’ as well as various other smaller events, we have easily reached in excess of £20,000 in less than a year.
We are so proud of our team and members for all of their hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and generosity during 2016. If you would like to help or take part in any future events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.