GOLFERS in Warwickshire have scored over £2,000 for the National Deaf Children’s Society.
The Stratford Oaks Golf Club’s Ladies’ Section reached its fund-raising total through a variety of events held throughout the year, including film evenings, a literary lunch and an antiques afternoon. The group even organised a special showing of the Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child, to help motivate the members.
One part of their fund-raising campaign was to create a water hazard on their golf course, so that any golfer whose ball landed in the hazard had to make a donation in accordance with the slogan ‘If you make a splash, cough up the cash!’.
Because of the disruption to their plans caused by the lockdown, the Ladies’ Section decided to continue fund-raising for the charity in 2021.
The section’s captain Elizabeth Hunter said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Ladies at Stratford Oaks, who by taking part in small social events and a bit of golf, have raised a phenomenal amount for deaf children. They’ve made me enormously proud to be their captain.
“A deaf childhood is very isolating, so if we can improve the experience for children we must do it. Together we have learnt about the specialist work the National Deaf Children’s Society undertakes and developed a greater understanding of what it means to be deaf in a hearing world.
“In a year that’s been worrying for everyone, when charity fundraising has suffered so much, isn’t it fantastic to find ladies so generous and warm-hearted? They’ve raised more than one might ever have hoped to better the lives of deaf children and their families.”
Charity spokeswoman Claire Lubbock added: “I want to say a huge thank you to the Stratford Oaks Ladies’ Section for all their efforts over the past year in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society. It really was a fantastic effort under what must have been less than ideal circumstances.
“It’s through wonderful efforts like this that we are able to keep on doing what we do, supporting the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families, now and into the future.”
Visit www.ndcs.org.uk for more information on the charity.