Representatives of local companies in Andover formed a committee to run an event in aid of Barnardo’s - the UK’s largest children’s charity.
The Andover Barnardo’s Golf Day was held on 5 May at the Hampshire Golf Club and companies (or keen golfers who wanted to form a team or be included in one) were invited to take part at a cost of £200 per a team. £2000 was raised by the event. The top prize was won by "The Underachievers" who received their bottles of wine from Sir George. Christina Marsh, the organiser of the event, is on the left.
Last year a number of local companies were approached by Barnardo’s and asked for their support in the form of giving their time and expertise in order to put on an event to raise much needed funds.
Christina Marsh, Area Fundraiser, said “the response was very positive and the committee now consists of Liz Lewis (HSBC), Jan Budzynski (HSBC), Mark Hyson (Hysons Chartered Accountants)! Trevor Osgood, (Tesco Stores Ltd), and Val Geoghegan (Stannah Lifts). All have worked very hard and have put in a lot of time to get to the stage of being able to launch the first event. We are hoping lots of golfers will register to take part and for a very successful day both in terms of the golf played and the money raised for Barnardo’s.”
Barnardo’s is a national, voluntary organisation which exists to care for children in need. Even in today’s welfare state, there is much that local authorities cannot do, and Barnardo’s aims to provide the services which might otherwise not exist. It also uses its flexibility and freedom as a voluntary organisation to undertake projects and research that will assist in the development of child care in the United Kingdom.
“We now help over 47 000 children each year who for one or more reasons are deprived of a normal or family life. Through some 300 projects, we strive to help each young person achieve his or her full potential. Many of these children and young people have severe learning and physical disabilities. Others are socially handicapped and/or emotionally disturbed as a result of unfortunate childhood experiences. Barnardo’s can - and do - do remarkable work in rebuilding young people’s lives, but we couldn’t carry out this work without support.”