“Gary and I wear purple and orange tops respectively whenever we play to show our allegiance to EACH” – senior golf club captain David is hoping to raise £2,000

Determined golfers are raising the ‘par’ in their quest to raise funds for charity. David Melville, from Colchester’s Birch Grove Golf Club, picked East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) as his chosen beneficiary after taking over as captain in April.

His year in the role began with a highly successful Seniors’ Captain’s Day, which raised in the region of £600. There are more events in the pipeline and David’s daughter, Armonie, and golf club vice-captain Gary Cole added an incredible £1,100 to the pot by taking part in The Big Half, in London, on 3rd September.

“We’ve thrown ourselves into it and I can’t fault the members of our club, who have come to the party and really got in the spirit,” said David.

“This year we hope to break the record for money raised for charity by our club’s seniors’ section and we’re very keen to do whatever we can for EACH. It’s such a hugely worthwhile cause and was suggested by my wife, Denise.

“We’re very proud to support EACH and Gary and I wear purple and orange tops respectively whenever we play to show our allegiance to the charity.”

David’s year as senior captain runs through until the end of next March and he was delighted to kick-off with a successful Captain’s Day, in August. Members paid to take part in the tournament and there were a host of prizes up for grabs in the raffle.

David, who was senior vice-captain of the club last year, has been to The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

“It’s an incredible place,” he said.

“Visiting The Treehouse is a very humbling experience and we really want to be part of helping this incredible cause. It adds to the determination to raise as much as we can and every extra pound makes such a difference.

“To be able to help in some way is an amazing feeling.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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