The Seniors Charity cause for 2015/2016 is Children's Hospice South West under the captaincy of Mike Newell.
By way of an introduction:
Hi - I'm Mike Newell.
For those who don't know me I was elected Senior's Captain at the recent Seniors AGM after a year of being Vice Captain to Brian Clutterbuck.
I have been married to Helen for 35 years and have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren.
Prior to taking up golf in my mid forties I spent 29 years playing amateur football, mainly in the Bristol Downs League.
I have been a member of Stockwood Vale for the past 22 years, being Club Captain in 2000.
My career involved working in a Government Laboratory and then Laboratory Sales for over 25 years.
My charity for this year is The Children's Hospice South West, a charity which supports children with terminal illness in a hospice care in a hospice environment in the South West including Palliative care, emergency care and respite care. Various fund raising events are being organised during my year in office. A collection box with pin badges for donations can be found on the club bar.
Here is an update from Mike's visit to Charlton Farm on 17 Dec 2015:
"I visited the Children's Hospice South West at Charlton Farm yesterday and met Olly Slym, our local Community Fundraiser to discuss how / what support we need to raise funds for CHSW.
We discussed ways we planned to raise money and he also suggested several other possibilities which I have taken on board. My wife Helen is going to do their sponsored "5K Rainbow Run" in June to raise money for our appeal.
It costs £10M per year to run the Hospice. While the majority of their work is in the area of respite care, giving families time away from the pressures of the day to day living with a child with a life threatening illness, they also offer hospice care for end of life patients as well as bereavement support for parents and siblings."