My name is Amy Fletcher, Junior Captain of Preston Golf Club.
When I was appointed as Junior Captain, I expressed a wish, which was approved by the golf club Council, to hold a Charity Golf Day to raise funds for YoungMinds.
YoungMinds are an organisation who support young people and their families when they are suffering with some form of mental illness. Statistics show that 3 children in every classroom suffer from some form of mental illness which is quite a staggering figure. You can learn more at www.youngminds.org.
The golf event was to include young people within each team. Therefore, each team consisted of a junior golfer, a lady, a gent and a senior. Teams came from other local clubs to support the event. The weather was kind to us and all who took part expressed how much fun they’d had, also enjoying refreshments halfway round.
The event was made more memorable when our Lady Captain’s husband, Ed Crewdson, holed in one on the first hole. Ed in support of the event and accepting the challenge from his wife the Lady Captain, wore a pink skirt, raising further funds for the event by people sponsoring him. Myself and Lady Captain matched Ed in team skirts, with our senior player of the team remaining traditionally British with a Union Jack shirt and flag. This was Ed’s first ever hole in one having played the game for 55 years.
With Ed’s excellent start to the round and some consistent play by the team throughout we ended up victors with a score of 94 Stableford points.
Money was raised in various ways. There were 18 hole sponsors from members businesses, team entry fees, raffle ticket sales, auction of 4 ball vouchers, donations from members, family and friends on my www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Amy-Fletcher25. page. And finally, Barclays Bank who matched up to £1000.
I wrote to and visited many local businesses for support with raffle prizes and was overwhelmed with the response. Together with members and our club professionals raffle donations, we ended up with 54 prizes.
I would like to thank all who took part on the day and all those above whose financial contributions in various ways has helped raise a total of £6,222.
Quote from Alice Clarke, Community Fundraising Assistant at YoungMinds
We are so grateful to the Junior Captain, Amy Fletcher, and to Preston Golf Club for organising such an amazing fundraising day for YoungMinds. Thanks to her hard work and enthusiasm, she has managed to raise a phenomenal £6,222!
“While awareness of mental health is growing, there is still much work to be done. Young people today face a huge range of pressures affecting their mental health, including exam stress, bullying and concerns about body image, in an increasingly uncertain world. And often for those young people who reach out for help, it is much too hard to find.
“Together, we are changing this. We are fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges. But we would not be able to carry out any of our vital work without the support and generosity of our amazing fundraisers. So to everyone at Preston Gold Club, we just want to say: thank you!”
Quote from Preston Golf Club Captain Greg Watson
We are so proud of our Junior Captain Amy for organising a fantastic event. The positive comments received from all who took part were just deserved for all the effort and hard work that she has given to the event A staggering total of £6,222 is superb and I am sure will benefit many young people in need of the work that Youngminds carry out. Thanks also must go out to our membership who got behind Amy and supported her fully. “WELL DONE AMY!”