Spring in the step at Captains Day

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The Captains Day was organised on Saturday 24th August and was attended by 124 players - 31 teams of foursomes - who competed during the day for a number of prizes in aid of the Springboard Project.

As well as the golf, the Captains also organised a charity raffle and auction event including a golf shirt donated by Ernie Els, the British Open Winner, a cricket bat autographed by Sussex Cricket Club donated by Matt Prior and tickets for the England v Australia rugby international donated by Crawley Rugby Club. The amount raised on the day totalled over £3,300 which exceeded everyone’s expectations.

The Club will continue to raise funds for our Charity until the Captain’s term of office ends in October and they have already raised additional funds during the year.

In addition to their main event, the Captains also organised a Golf Fun Day for disabled children and teenagers. The event was attended by 20 of our young members and their young volunteers and staff. There were a number of golf themed fun based activities organised by the Club’s professional Carl Watts. The Club then provided a special buffet lunch for all the children followed by a magic show entertainment. The day was rounded off when all the children were presented with medals for their achievements.

Project Manager Nigel Scott-Dickeson said: “I would like to thank everyone a Mannings Heath Golf Club and all the players who supported the Captain’s Day event and helped to raise such a fantastic sum for our Charity. Both Geoff and Lynne - the Men’s and Ladies Captains - have made us all extremely welcome and the Golfing Fun Day which they arranged for our disabled children and youngsters was a really fantastic day which they all thoroughly enjoyed and will remember for a long time. The magnificent support of Mannings Heath Golf Club will ensure that we can continue to provide fantastic opportunities for all the children and families who are part of our Charity.”

The Springboard Project is a community based charity providing play and leisure experiences to children and young people including those with disabilities. Their Springboard House centre is based in Hurst Road Horsham with a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreation and play facilities.

The organisation provides short breaks and activities to over 250 children and young people with a range of disabilities and weekday “play ‘n stay” opportunities to more than 300 families in West Sussex. In addition to 40 staff, over 90 volunteers support the charity’s various activities and this was recognised with the national “Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service” which was presented in 2008 as well as the County Times “Charity of the Year” award in 2010.

Springboard Project is an independent charity and relies entirely on various fundraising activities to support its work with families and children.

For more information visit the website on www.springboardproject.com or phone 01403 218888.