MEMBERS of Sherfield Oaks Golf Club have raised more than £11,000 for charity over the past year.
Phil Duncan, the captain for the 2013-14 season, elected to support two charities, Reading Deaf Children’s Society and Facing the World, during his 12 months in office.
Fundraising got under way last April, with ladies’ captain Gill Fowler organising a coffee morning. A total of 94 ladies from other local clubs visited to play the Waterloo Course, with the golf followed by the chance to peruse stalls and take part in a raffle.
The event raised £1,581 and was followed soon after by the club’s annual Captains’ Day. Numerous prizes were on offer during a busy day of golf, which was followed by a buffet and a charity auction featuring items donated by local clubs, restaurants and businesses.
Nearly £5,000 was raised over the course of the day, with more cash added to the coffers from events and competitions held over the course of the summer.
The fundraising continued into 2014, with members taking part in a night golf event on a cold February evening, while Duncan’s year in office came to an end with a special pairs competition and the Captains’ Last Supper and Casino Night.
The final amount raised over the last year is just short of £11,000, taking the total amount raised by members at the club to £40,000 since 2010.
In addition to the captains’ efforts, 16 members also took part in the Macmillan Longest Day challenge last June, playing 72 holes of golf in one day and raising £2,300, taking the total amount raised for charity at the club to £13,000 last year.