Hospice Golfers have a grand day out and raise £7,000!
12th December 2011
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Derek Helps from Chertsey and the community fundraising team at Princess Alice Hospice work in partnership to create a brilliant day of golf, networking and fundraising. The 27 teams from across the county of Surrey battled it out to secure the much coveted trophy; the winning team on Thursday 8 December were led to victory by their captain Ken Beeston. Local and regional companies such as TWP Chartered Accountants, Sandford Freight (UK) Limited, Bedford Insurance and Maris Interiors showed their support by fielding teams.

The golfers were as competitive with their fundraising as they were on the course and they dug dip, helping to secure over £7,000 for the charity. Acting as auctioneer Derek cajoled the players into parting with cash for lots that included, supper cooked by a private chef in your home, a day for 12 on a super yacht, a rugby ball signed by the English squad, four balls at other prestigious clubs and luxury hampers. 

Ashleigh Perfett, Community Fundraiser said

‘We need to raise in excess of £7 million each year so that the Hospice can provide all of its services free of charge to the local community. Hardworking and enthusiastic supporters such as Derek Helps are vital to the charity, ensuring we are able to reach our financial targets, whilst also using their networks to communicate our messages across the wider community. The money raised from Derek’s wonderful golf day could fund 73 visits from a community Princess Alice Nurse to a patient in their own home, the nurses work across Surrey, south west London and Middlesex or alternatively it could fund 36 attendances at the Day Hospice were patients receive clinical support, therapies and great social interaction’.

Princess Alice Hospice is very close to Derek’s heart, he has been a dedicated supporter for many years, having first become involved when his mother received care at the end of her life. The Hospice is delighted that Derek is already talking about how next year’s event can be even bigger and better.


Below from left to right: Derek Helps, Ken Beeston (Captain of the winning team) and Ashleigh Perfett.


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