Children’s charity golf day raises more than £26k

Children’s charity golf day raises more than £26k

A golf day organised in aid of Warwickshire children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes, which supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, has raised an incredible £26,252.

Jointly organised and sponsored by Nottingham companies, Oakland International (which also has a site in Redditch) and Avanti Print and Packaging, 17-teams from across England, Scotland and Wales took part despite the challenging weather to compete for golf titles including Beat the Pro, Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin.

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One of the teams made up of, from left, Jacob Fenwick, Ben Ollerenshaw, Henry Silk and Will Neal.

The event took place at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club and was followed by an evening auction and raffle of items donated by suppliers and supporters of the charity.

Molly Olly’s grants wishes, helps with emotional support and donates therapeutic toys and books to children directly and through hospitals across the UK. It grants around 40 wishes per month, an increase of 100% during lockdown, and at a time when funding has significantly reduced.

Charity co-founder Rachel Ollerenshaw said; “The golf day and auction were a huge success. We are extremely grateful to Jane, Lee, Paul and Holly at Oakland and Avanti for organising such a great day and helping to widen the reach of the charity with introductions to a new audience. All the golfers were very generous and big thanks to all the sponsors. Molly Olly’s has seen a sharp rise in the number of requests for support and the funds raised are much needed to enable us to fulfil those wishes which help to put a smile on poorly children’s faces.”

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Oakland’s Chief Operating Officer Lee Whiting commented: “Molly Olly’s Wishes is an amazing charity which supports so many ill children throughout the UK. We would like to thank everyone who joined us and supported this, our first ever joint event of this nature, which we are now going to make into an annual event, setting our fundraising target even higher next year!”

Like so many other charities Molly Olly’s Wishes has found it difficult to fundraise over the last year due to the pandemic. An average wish costs around £500 and can range from a family day trip to a computer game to supermarket food vouchers.

To find out all the ways you can donate to Molly Olly’s Wishes, please visit here

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Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw
Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw with the familiar Molly Olly’s pink van.

ABOUT MOLLY OLLY’S WISHES:

 Molly Olly’s Wishes was set up following the experiences of Molly over the five years she received treatment for kidney cancer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Throughout the 10 years that the charity has been running, it has:-

  • granted more than 2,100 wishes
  • supported more than 15,000 children
  • distributed more than 12,000 Olly The Brave books to more than 70 hospitals
  • raised more than £3 million

Between 2017 and 2020, the charity funded Birmingham’s first paediatric palliative consultant as there was no such consultant for the region. That position has now become permanent and is currently funded through the NHS.

The charity works alongside the NHS to support projects within the hospitals and the community. One key project was the creation and refurbishment of Magnolia House at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This is a safe and non-clinical space where medical teams and families can have important discussions.

Golf day puts Henley Rotary Club on course for £10,000 hospice target

Golf day puts Henley Rotary Club on course for £10,000 hospice target

HENLEY Rotarians are certainly on ‘course’ to hitting their £10,000 total for local hospices following a recent charity golf day.

Twenty-two men’s ladies and mixed teams took to the tee to compete for prizes – and bragging rights – in a series of long and short-game competitions across 18 holes at Stratford Oaks Golf Club.

Winning team The Scramblers, from left, Brian Bailey, Eddie Jones, David Harvey and Jeff Masters.

The event is the latest challenge organised in aid of The Triple80HospiceTrek by The Rotary Cub of Henley-in-Arden, building on more than £4,500 already raised by three of its members for Shakespeare, Myton and Acorn’s Children Hospices in Warwickshire.

The octogenarian trio recently completed an 80-mile sponsored walk between Sharpness near Bristol to Wootton Wawen.

Golf day proceeds, which are still being counted, were collected, came from a raffle and auction, refreshments and local business sponsorship. The day finished off with a meal and prizegiving ceremony in the newly refurbished clubhouse. The winning Men’s Team Prize was presented to members of the oldest team in the competition, ‘The Scramblers’ comprising Brian Bailey, Eddie Jones, David Harvey and Jeff Masters.

Jeff Masters, who is also event organiser, said: “The theme for the event was ‘Help for Hospices’ and all our fundraising this year is dedicated to them following the harrowing year that they have endured.

“Doing the Triple80 Trek and the Rotary Club of Henley in Arden Charity Golf Day was a bit of a stretch, but we are delighted with the response and the day. We aimed to provide a gloriously happy day of friendly competition and judging by responses we achieved that. Already many participants have requested verbally and in writing that we put them down for next year.

“We must thank all the donors and sponsors who generously donated and made such a large contribution, also the hospice staff who were such a help.”

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Proceeds from the golf day are expected to take the Club’s Triple80HospiceTrek total to more than £9,000, with more donations also set to come in.

Local businesses supporting the event included Bookers, Burman Enterprises, Aspi Specialist Cars, Clarion Chase, Johnsons Coaches, the Navigation Garage, the Cowshed Café., Henley Dental, Aaron the Barber, Abigail the Hairdresser, The Co-op Henley, The Pound Café, Flower Power Henley and The Stratford Oaks Golf Club.

Helping to raise awareness as well as funds, Jeff warned: “Henley Rotary has for over 30 years supported over 40 organisations in the Henley Community and some desperate cases overseas. However, its numbers are dwindling, and the average age is close to 80 years.

“Unless we can get new members our regular contribution to the many organisations in Henley in Arden will cease to the detriment of the wellbeing of the town. Please look at our website and come and see us with a view to participating. If you are interested, please contact us on yewtreecot@gmail.com.”

The donation site is still open here.

Further information about The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden can be found here

Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club, Triple80HospiceTrek

More about the hospices. . .

The Myton Hospices

Each year The Myton Hospices support thousands of people and their families, in our three hospices, via patient and family support services and in the community through Myton at Home. The charity needs to raise £7.8 million alone this year to continue providing their services free of charge. Last year, despite the challenges of Covid-19, limiting ability to offer some of the services, Myton were still able to support 1,400 people and their families.

Acorns Children’s Hospice

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides care, support, fun and laughter for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and support for their families. In the past year Acorns has cared for over 820 children across the West Midlands from its three hospices in Birmingham, Worcester and Walsall, within the family home and community. When a child’s life is limited, family time is precious, which is why, as well as providing complex medical care, Acorns help families to create lasting memories and make every day count.

The Shakespeare Hospice

An award-winning hospice providing outstanding palliative and end-of-life care for patients, their families and carers across South Warwickshire. Its reach extends beyond the traditional hospice walls, providing expert support within the local community and patients’ own homes. It offers a diverse range of community-based services including Hospice at Home & Day Hospice (Adult Community Care), Adult Counselling, Children’s and Family Support Services and Transitional Care Services. Expert care is available not just to patients but also their families, loved ones and those who matter the most to them.