Golfers’ charity drive proves to be a big success

Tony Roddis, Dave Potter and Tim Downs at the golf tournemount
Tony Roddis, Dave Potter and Tim Downs at the golf tournemount
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GOLFERS in West Sussex held their very own charity golf tournament rival the Ryder Cup.

Despite the poor weather early in the day, 40 enthusiastic golfers teed off at the Avisford Park Golf Club and raised £776.50 for the Aldingbourne Trust, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities.

The Trust also received a cheque for £200 to sponsor the 18th hole; this kind donation was made by Nick Swallwell from Secure Site UK Ltd.

Gavin Pusey, organiser of the tournament, said: “It has been a fantastic day of golf and we had great raffle prizes. Despite the weather everyone turned up to support the Aldingbourne Trust and to raise money for a good cause.”

The men’s tournament was won by Mike Shelton with Trish Hanks winning the women’s competition, and they both received a gold medal, an Aldingbourne clock and bottle of champagne.

Dave Potter won the prize for the longest drive and the nearest the pin prize was split between four winners: George Hamilton, Trevor Owen, Trish Hanks and Scott Wilson. The money raised at the golf day will go towards the Trust’s £4m appeal, which will fund new developments at The Aldingbourne Country Centre near Fontwell, and includes a conference centre, shop and café.

This new development will allow the charity to increase its self-sufficiency and continue to provide the high quality of support for adults with learning disabilities, allowing them to lead independent lives and gain employment in the community.

For more information about the charity visit