Charity Golf Day

The 2017 Lions Club of Farnham Golf Day' was once more held at the fabulous Hindhead Golf Club on Thursday August 31st, this year  in aid of the Peter Allis Masters Charity (PAMC). Since it formally became a charity in 2006, PAMC has raised over £1.6 Million to fund hundreds of powered wheelchairs for young people with very limited mobility to improve their quality of life. Although a national charity PAMC very kindly agreed to 'ring fence' the proceeds from the 2017 golf day to one or more young people in the Farnham area who have a need for a powered wheelchair.

This year’s event, very generously supported by our principal sponsor, Howard Taylor Mortgages, was the 21st anniversary of the Lions Club of Farnham Golf Day and it coincided nicely with the Centenary Anniversary of Lions International and the 50th Anniversary of Farnham Lions – so 2017 was a very special golf day indeed.

 

We had 87 golfers enjoying a round of golf, lunch, prize giving and charity auction. Although funds are raised from all aspects of the day it is without doubt the charity auction that (particularly this year) generates the bulk of the money raised. Usually the auction raises circa £1,000 to £2,000 but this year we raised close to £4,000 due in no small part to the attendance of Peter Alliss himself and his kind donations of a Scotty Cameron putter, places at his charity golf day and at a lunch with himself later in the year at Hindhead GC. The £4,000 raised at the auction has meant that with a small donation from the Farnham Lions Welfare Committee we have been able to commit a staggering  £10,000 to PAMC and Carl Taylor and Geoff Jeal were on hand on the 26th September, at the Peter Alliss Charity Golf Day, to present the cheque.

 

The first recipient of this donation will be 15 year old Phoebe who has just been diagnosed with a very debilitating condition which would mean that a motorised wheelchair would be absolutely necessary to allow her to continue to attend school. PAMC moved very quickly to provide Phoebe with a generic motorised wheelchair that she will be able to use short term, until she can be properly measured and assessed for a bespoke motorised wheelchair of her own. Any funds left over (circa £5,000) will then be ring fenced until another Farnham based candidate for another motorised wheelchair can be found. 

About our Golf Day

We hold an Annual Charity Golf Day every August in conjunction with Hindhead Golf Club and with support from several local businesses. Starting in 1997, the event has gone from strength to strength, and it is now very much part of the calendar of Hindhead Golf Club and a major event in the calendar of Farnham Town. Each year the beneficiary is chosen and Abbeyfield Home for the Elderly, Frensham Pond Sailing Club ("Sailability"), Bells Piece Cheshire Home, and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, amongst others, have all been the beneficiaries of our event. The very first event in 1997 for the Whitmore Vale Home raised £1,195, and progressively this has risen each year. Our success throughout the 21 years to 2017 has raised over £133,000 for local charities and is due to the high number of regular players, both individual and local businesses and the magnificent support of programme advertisers and auction prize sponsors, as well as a large number of Farnham Lions and friends who act as marshals and stewards on the day.


The 2017 event 

Thanks to all who took part and to all those who contributed to making our ‘20th’ Annual Golf Day such a success. 

Golf Day 2oth Anniversary                                                           


    Disability Challengers

    The overnight showers freshened the course, the sun shone brightly, Hindhead Golf Course was at its spectacular best. 99 players with a wide range of handicaps made up a record 33 teams of 3 bearing some fascinating team names and some wearing equally fascinating apparel! 

    Experiencing enjoyment whilst at the same time raising much needed funds is a good combination. We are delighted to announce now that over £7700 was raised this year and presented to Challengers in October. (You can see the full press article by clicking here.) We know that Challengers will use every penny supporting hundreds of children and young adults whose lives will be enhanced by the support that they receive. 

    Laura Sercombe CEO of Challengers said “The Lions are an absolutely fantastic organisation, Challengers are so lucky and privileged to have their support.  The amount raised is huge and was put towards funding Challengers new website which went live at the beginning of November!  The new website will have a huge impact on the way we work and enable us to support even more families.  We cannot thank the Lions enough – they are amazing!” 

    Ninety Nine golfers took part and the main results are below.

                                                    2016 Golf Day Results

    Teams ready to compete
    Kevin enjoys a little rough!
    Prizes for best dressed.....
    Thanks to all....
    The 19th is popular!
    Winners on the day.
    Lions Refreshmnets to keepm players on top form
    IMG 0003 Mark Head in full flow.....

    Many thanks to David Fisher, President of the Aldershot, Fleet and Farnham Camera Club and to Jean King, ably assisted by Keith Aston for all the wonderful photographs.