Kangaroos Charity Golf Day Goes with a Swing

Kangaroos raised a fantastic £4,000 at its recent 6th Annual charity Golf Day at Mid Sussex Golf Club in Ditchling, with 16 teams participating. Given recent developments on restrictions regarding Covid-19, it was touch and go whether the event was going to go ahead.

Thanks to our brilliant Fundraising Coordinator, Samantha Norgate, who organises all of our events, it did and it was a great relief for us to finally get an event off the ground. Especially since the global pandemic has caused many of our fundraising events to be cancelled.

Kangaroos relies on its many fundraising events throughout the year and the annual Golf Day is a significant fundraiser. We were delighted by everyone’s generosity at the event, which was quite different to normal without a post-golf dinner, live auction and mingling at the bar. Nevertheless, Samantha orchestrated an online raffle and was able to make the day a huge success. Feedback from the event was fantastic. Here’s what one of our golfers, whose son attends Kangaroos, had to say:

“Can I just say, the whole event – from emailing participants through to the day itself was organised absolutely brilliantly. Kangaroos is very close to my heart and makes a very big difference in Theo’s life. Most of the guys came down from London so I was really grateful for their support. They all said they had a great day. Thanks again and I look forward to the next one!”

Challenging times

The current pandemic has created many challenges for the charity, with clubs and outings postponed for many months. In addition, the fundraising landscape has been incredibly tough, so it is a wonderful achievement to have raised much-needed funds from the Golf event. The money will help to sustain the charity so it can continue to support young people with learning disabilities. 

What the charity is doing now

Some clubs are tentatively opening this month and outdoor activities in very small groups have been on offer since August to some of the charity’s least vulnerable members. Throughout the crisis Kangaroos has adapted to offer an online activity programme and continues to support its members and their parents and carers. Activities have included Zoom picnics and online entertainers, as well as regular contact and support for parents during this difficult time. 

Kangaroos needs support more than ever before to ensure young people with learning disabilities can still exercise their right to leisure and fun just like any other person. Lockdown and the pandemic have created additional challenges for many of our members and their families at a time when support from many sources has waned. Kangaroos has been a lifeline to many in these unprecedented times.

Golf day results

This year’s event was once again blessed by good weather and despite the restrictions, the teams enjoyed 18 holes of golf. A great day was had by all. The results are as follows: 

Winning Team – The Ella Thatcher Memorial Trophy – The Putt Pirates –  95 points on back 6

(Mark Kirkdale, Gary Arnold, Stuart Noakes, Paul Everett)

Runners Up –  The Pin Seekers (last year’s winners) – 95 points on back 9

(Pete Wildman, Jack Murphy, Adam Murphy, Tom Smith)

3rd  place – BNI Heart of Sussex Team 1 –  95 points 

(James Teale, Chris Irving, Micheal Haydon, Bernie Knight)

Best individual golfer was Tom Smith (The Pin Seekers) with 47 points (Handicap 4)

Longest Drive on the 17th Hole – Adam Murphy (same winner as last year)

Par 3 nearest the pin 5th Hole – Jon Griffiths 

Par 3 nearest the pin 8th Hole – Alex MacDonald

Par 3 nearest the pin 13th Hole – Majid Nassiri

Par 3 nearest the pin 15th Hole – Adam Murphy

The winning team will be awarded a special trophy cup in memory of a young Kangaroos member, Ella Thatcher, who sadly passed away a couple of years ago. Ella is still fondly remembered by all at Kangaroos and her family continues to support the charity.

Prize draw winners

  • 1st prize – Box of assorted Tickerage Wines kindly donated by Claire Nash Solicitors. Winner- Stuart Noakes
  • 2nd Prize – Hamper of goodies – Winner – Steve Delaney
  • 3rd Prize – 1 months membership at Potential Personal Training – Kindly donated by Maxine Hayes.  Winner Kathy Barry 
  • 4th Prize – Alcatel Smartphone – Kindly donated by Bernie Knight, Regency Grove Communications. Winner – Simon Boulton
  • 5th Prize – Meal Voucher for 4 at Savannah Bar. Kindly donated by Gordon Taylor. Winner – Chris Irving
  • 6th Prize – Carpet Clean kindly donated by Adam Bateup of House Proud Finish. Winner – Mark Lockyear

Our heartfelt thanks go to

We would like to thank our Headline Sponsor this year, Barratt Homes, along with our other sponsors  RTFJ, Mortgage Heroes, and BDN Building

Our special thanks also go to Clare Jones of Bright Light Film and Just Simon Photography who volunteered their time to help on the day.