This year has thrown up many challenges for all of us and unfortunately charities have been hit hard. Usually during the year all the clubs within the Gloucestershire Golf Union raise money for their Captain’s chosen charities, but with traditional fundraising opportunities such as club dinners and charity days being cancelled, they have been a bit more inventive with the ways they have raised their donations this year.
Bristol and Clifton Golf Club held a raffle to see which member would be the first to play the course when it reopened in May and raised an amazing £700. Along with the annual Captain’s drive, quiz night, Captain and Pro Challenges more than £2,000 was raised for Changes Bristol, a local organisation which recognises that no one should have to face feelings of stress or anxiety alone. The Ladies Captain had the brilliant idea to turn her own garden into a nine-hole golf course which even included a water hazard! Members then donated to guess the number of strokes she would take to get around her course and raised £1,500 for charity Dogs for Good.
2020 was intended to be a celebration of Broadway Golf Club’s 125th anniversary. To make sure the year did not go by without any festivities the Captain’s Day in August was turned into a Charity Fun Day. The team of greens keepers altered the course up so everyone attending could play safely and a ‘Beat the Professionals Charity Challenge’ was set up. Members donated to have the chance to take on the professionals in a ‘nearest the pin challenge’, who then had to endure much light-hearted banter from the 35 members who managed to beat them on the day! More than £1,250 was raised to be shared equally between the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Children’s Air Ambulance.
The Ladies team at Naunton Downs Golf Club has been running events throughout the year for their chosen charity, Vision 21. A plant Bring and Buy, which raised £821, was such a success another one has already been planned for next year and £180 was generated from the sale of masks handmade by The Lady Vice Captain. The annual Naunton Downs Captains Charity Day raised £929.50 and this went directly to the Men’s Captain’s charity, Diabetes UK and to Vision 21. The Ladies team also raised £513.20 for Breast Cancer Now when they played on Pink Day and organised a raffle.
Despite all the cancellations, Knowle Golf Club members still managed to have some fun and raise more than £11,000 for local charity St Peter’s Hospice. Club manager, Ryan Coles, said: “The generosity of the clubs members is well recognised in the local community and in the past few years alone, tens of thousands of pounds have been donated to great causes such as Children’s Hospice Southwest, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and MND Association.”
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was the chosen charity from the Ross on Wye Golf Club Captain and so far this year £2,157 has been raised for it through a Charity day, an on-line auction, quiz, BBQ, charity boxes and the sale of the Club Captains ultra-spicy pickled onions! £2,495 has been raised by the Ladies team to benefit the Alzheimer's Society and the Ross Dementia Meeting Group which meets weekly to support sufferers. They have held many events including a 9-hole competition, Bridge Drive and a Jazz and Tapas evening. More fundraising took place by the Seniors Captain who chose the Club's Annual Midweek Invitation Pairs event to act as a Charity Fundraiser to coincide with the VE 75th Anniversary. Three charities benefited from the £1,680 raised- The Royal British Legion Poppy Golf appeal, The Armed Forces Charity SSAFA and the 'On Course Foundation' which champions the recovery of injured and sick service personnel and veterans, and is the only golf specific military charity based in the UK.
Other clubs in the union have also been working hard to fundraise with The Seniors Section of The Forest of Dean Golf Club holding a Charity Day and raffle meaning £628 has been donated to Diabeties UK. The ladies at Tewkesbury Park Golf have been raising money for Parkinsons UK during lockdown with lots of online activities and fun days
out on the course when allowed. Rodway Hill Men’s and Ladies Captains worked together to raise £3,034 for the Multiple Sclerosis society and Lilley Brook Golf Club managed to raise more than £4,500 for Cancer Research UK, Lyme Disease UK and Southmead Hospital Critical Care. The club hopes to continue this work for the rest of the year to get over £5,000.