Charity, Ferndown | Posted: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 3:59 pm | return to news

Disabled youngsters receive equipment from golfers

One of the favourite dates in the local calendar each year is the presentation of equipment to disabled children from the Peter Alliss Invitational Charity.

Peter Alliss presented disabled youngsters with mobility aids (picture is of last year's presentation)
Peter Alliss presented disabled youngsters with mobility aids (picture is of last year's presentation)

Although the presentation event wasn’t able to happen because of the lockdown, the charity has still managed to donate almost £50,000 to a variety of good causes.

Last year’s Golf Day at Ferndown Golf Club raised £40,000 and the charity recently donated £2,500 to support the NHS, which inspired club members to add a further £5,645.

Peter Alliss, the voice of golf, learned to play the game at the club when his father Percy was a professional there.

The charity golf day has been a fixture in the club’s calendar since 1987, raising vast sums.

Usually at this time of year Peter visits Ferndown to present wheelchairs, frames, bikes and buggies to local disabled youngsters.

Although the coronavirus crisis has prevented the presentations, the children have received their mobility aids.

The club’s 2019 skipper, Matt Fleming, was also able to present High Mead Farm with a cheque for £15,000, which was raised at the golf day.


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Club manager Ian Walton said, “The Peter Alliss Invitational Charity does wonderful things and when the coronavirus crisis began it donated £2,500.

“This went towards sourcing and purchasing PPE which is now being used in Penny’s Hill medical practice in Ferndown as well as in Wimborne Hospital.

“Our members were asked to match the amount but went much further, bringing the total raised for the NHS to £8,145.00.

“Much of the money raised during the charity golf day is used to buy mobility aids for local youngsters who attend Victoria, Langside and Montacute schools.

“Although the club has been closed, it is heartening that our charity work continues and so does that of the Peter Alliss Invitational Charity.”

The next charity golf day is set for Monday 7 September this year and the charities being supported are Wessex Heart Beat, Salvation Army and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

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