More than £1,900 has been raised by Market Harborough Golf Club for a vital local charity

Despite a tough year amid the Covid-19 crisis, members dug deep to support the Men's Section Charity and back Dementia Harborough

Monday, 16th November 2020, 4:57 pm
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 5:00 pm
Peter Hirst, chairman of Dementia Harborough, during the presentation of £1,500 from John McGlone men's captain at Market Harborough Golf Club. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

More than £1,900 has been raised by Market Harborough Golf Club for a vital local charity.

Despite a tough year amid the Covid-19 crisis, members dug deep to support the Men's Section Charity and back Dementia Harborough.

Men's captain John McGlone said: "We got off to a great start with our chairman (thank you Steve Winder) running a 5K on Christmas Day.

“This raised over £500, with £420 going directly to Dementia Harborough and a further £100 donated via the golf club.

“Sadly, because of the pandemic, this was the only event that we were able to run all year."

Pro-active club members went into overdrive to generate an impressive £1,500 from raffles, auctions and general donations.

With the £420 that went straight to Dementia Harborough, the grand total raised was £1,920.

"We’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who donated to such a worthy cause.

“Additional thanks to all those who donated prizes for the various raffles and auctions as well,” said John.

“I am very proud that we have all managed to raise so much money for a fantastic local charity in a very difficult year.”

Peter Hirst, the chair of Dementia Harborough, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Market Harborough Golf Club has got behind us.

“We greatly appreciate this generous donation which will help us to

continue to support our members through these difficult times."

He said the charity is battling through huge adversity sparked by the global coronavirus outbreak.

"Dementia Harborough is a local independent registered charity.

“We were formed almost 10 years ago to support people living with dementia, together with their carers.

“We normally run two monthly groups in Market Harborough and one monthly group in Kibworth Beauchamp, where our members enjoy a range of activities - including singing sessions and are able to socialise with each other,” said Peter.

“Sadly we have been unable to meet since March due to the pandemic.

“But we have been keeping in touch with our members by phone and newsletters and distributing gifts and activities such as jigsaw puzzles, puzzle books, art materials and afternoon teas.”