PRIORY Golf Days
British Heart Foundation (2015)
For the 2015 Priory Golf Day we chose to support the British Heart Foundation. This is a charity close to all our hearts here at Priory’s as our Projects Director Paul Molyneaux suffered a heart attack last year and then underwent triple heart bypass surgery.
Thankfully we are thrilled to advise that Paul is now back to work and back to full health!
Money raised from our excellent raffle and games throughout the evening went towards the British Heart Foundation’s latest campaign called Mending Broken Hearts in which they need to raise £50million to fund research into regenerative medicine and new pioneering work to help those with permanently damaged hearts. We’ re sure you will agree that this is a great cause.
Special thanks must go to all of the suppliers and clients who provided prizes and donations for the Raffle and Auction and thank you to Croham Hurst Golf Club for brilliant venue and excellent service throughout. Also a special mention to Barclays Bank who matched £1,000.00 of our fundraising adding to our total considerably.
Our grand total including gift aid raised for the Mending Broken Hearts campaign amounted to £2,900.00 which we were thrilled to present to the British Heart Foundation.
The Downs Syndrome Association (2014)
This year our chosen Charity was the Downs Syndrome Association for the 2014 Golf Day – it is the only organisation in the country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. This is a very worthwhile cause of which we raised money for throughout the evening.
We had an exciting raffle with excellent prizes up for grabs as well as a round of Heads or Tails so combined with the excellent food and excellent company we ended up raising over £4,000.00 and had a very enjoyable evening.
Special thanks must go to all of the suppliers and clients who provided prizes and donations for the Raffle and Auction and thank you to Croham Hurst Golf Club for brilliant venue and excellent service throughout.
This year at the Priory Golf Day – 2013 our nominated Charity would be in memory of Louise and Michael McVaddy, a local mum who whilst pregnant with her son Michael, sadly passed away after suffering from a very rare adrenal tumour. As we are sure you can appreciate Regan McVaddy, Louise’s husband and Michael’s Dad suffered a tremendous loss on that dreadful day and in the weeks and months after.
Money raised at our Golf Day has been donated to Ens@t (European Network for the Study of Adrenal Tumours), a Charity close to Regan’s heart that’s main objective is raising awareness and focusing on research into diagnosis on this rare condition.
It was an extremely successful Golf Day that even consisted of sunshine in the afternoon despite the Weather Reports predicting torrential rain all week! Great Golf and great company made it one to remember and during our evening events, our Raffle and Auction managed to raise over £5,000.00 for Ens@t.
FSID – Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths: (2012)
Our nominated Charity for our 2012 Golf Day was the FSID The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. This is a Charity that we had been introduced to this year; this charity helps thousands of families that have been affected by Cot Death. We all agreed that we wanted to raise some money in order to help this Charity continue to do their worthwhile and important work.
We had a very enjoyable evening and all guests should be proud of themselves for the amount of money raised, after a few bidding wars and the reselling of the Apple iPad after bidding had finished we had raised an incredible amount of money for The FSID. Special thanks must go to Marco Franchi, KGN Pillinger and Croham Hurst Golf Club for donating our fabulous Auction Prizes. We must say a special thank you to Charles Theofanous of Bentley Sevenoaks who donated a great Prize for our Auction and also supplied us with the exciting Hole in One prize for the day.
Many thanks to all that were involved in making the day so special and we are pleased to announce that with Gift Aid the Priory Golf Day raised in excess of £4,000.00 for The FSID which is absolutely fantastic!
Shooting Star CHASE (2011)
The Shooting Star CHASE Charity was our chosen Charity for our 2011 Priory Golf Day.
Shooting Star CHASE is the children’s hospice service, supporting local families with a child or teenager not expected to reach their 19th birthday. Shooting Star CHASE currently helps over 500 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex. Find out more at shootingstarchase.org.uk
We became involved with this worthwhile charity after completing the Mechanical works at their new Offices in Weybridge, now known as Bridge House. You can see details of this project in our “Commercial Projects Section” (Link to Projects – Commercial Projects)
We were able to raise over £3,000.00 for Shooting Star CHASE at our Golf Day.
St Catherine's Hospice
Child Bereavement Charity
On 30 May 2010, a 40-strong team of Priory staff and friends cycled 50kms along the South Downs Way, starting and finishing at Devil’s Dyke. Together we have raised an astonishing £25,000 for the Child Bereavement Charity which will help us to continue our work with bereaved families and children across the UK.
The following letter was received from Ann Chalmers, CBC Chief Executive.
To Priory Mechanical Services Ltd:
Last week I was at the University of High Wycombe at the presentation of certificates to last year’s students who undertook the modular course, Working with Bereaved Children and Young People, run by CBC in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University.
You may remember that you kindly agreed that some of the money raised on the bike ride could fund places for two members of staff from St. Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. Both completed the course successfully and I thought you’d be interested to see their feedback on the impact the course had on their ability to support families when an adult was dying or had died.
“The course has been of huge benefit both to me and the organisation for which I work. Firstly it has increased my knowledge around children and young people’s bereavement and the experiences they have. It then gave me the skills to work effectively with these young people, introducing me to a wide range of activities that engage them and help me to form the trusting relationship which is essential before any healing can take place. The course has also given me the opportunity for further self development. A counsellor cannot work effectively on an emotional level with others unless they have explored the emotional aspects of themselves, so in this respect the course cannot be undervalued. The course has given me the opportunity to meet with a large group of professionals who share my interests and who I will continue to work with and gain support and advice from. And lastly, I have been introduced to a wide range of resources so I can build up an appropriate library of resources for the hospice, to be used by the clinical staff and the families and patients under the hospice care.
Completing this course has enabled me to extend the service that is available at the hospice and to work with a much more flexible and family orientated approach.
My thanks to the generous donor for giving me this opportunity.”
“I work as a counsellor and supervisor at St Catherine’s Hospice, and have until recently been seeing adults and older teenagers. We helped younger children by meeting with their parents or grandparents, or referring them on to other agencies. This was not ideal as some children needed help outside their family, and other agencies often had waiting lists or were at a distance. My original training was as an adult counsellor and psychotherapist and although I have wanted to work with children, I had felt hesitant working with the younger age group as I had no formal training with children.
Being given a bursary for this course has made a huge difference to our service, as we are now able to expand the service we give. I attended the course with Karen, Manager of the Patient and Family Support Team, so we both had a good grounding in meeting the needs of bereaved children and young people. The CBC teaching was excellent, and coming together with many other child professionals was both informative and supportive.
Having done the course we can really help the whole family. We will now see individuals, couples and family members at any age.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to give more to our community, which would have been much more difficult without the training that the bursary enabled us to have.”
I hope you can see from these testimonials that your fundraising has made a big difference to these counsellors and the families they work with.
Thank you so much for your support of the charity, Barry, and I hope you and Sue will be able to visit some day in the not too distant future to see the rooms you funded too.
CBC’s Chief Executive