Rockingham Forest Golf Day goes a fair-way for children’s charity

Kiwanis cheque presentation1A group of Northamptonshire businesses have clubbed together to take part in a golf day raising more than £3,000 for a Wellingborough-based charity.

The Rockingham Forest Club branch of Kiwanis – an international organisation set up to raise money for children’s charities – held its annual golf event at Rushden Golf Club raising a grand total of £3,128, of which £2,000 will now be donated to Niamh’s Next Step Charity. 

Niamh’s Next Step was set up following the tragic death of five year old Niamh in 2012 after an 18 month battle with childhood cancer Neuroblastoma. Today the charity raises money to fund vital research into neuroblastoma, which is not currently funded by the NHS, and aims to help other families fighting a similar battle.

A total of 17 teams, each with four players, took part in the golf event, including BBC DIY SOS’s Billy Byrne.

David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, was involved in the event’s success. He said: “Each year the Rockingham Forest Kiwani Club raises tens of thousands of pounds for local causes helping children who are suffering from illness or disability. As business people we are in a very privileged position to be able to help make a difference to deserving causes such as Niamh’s Next Step.

“Our annual golf day is a fantastic way to raise money. Thankfully this year the weather was kind to us and the support from participants was again very generous.”

Following the event, Rockingham Forest Kiwani Club president, Mark Partrick, presented a cheque to the charity’s Chris Curry.  

Chris said: “Niamh’s Next Step were very proud to be involved in a cracking day at Rushden Golf Club. The atmosphere on the day was great and everyone involved was so generous in supporting our charity. The amount raised is fantastic and every single penny will go directly towards fighting childhood cancer through vital research.  Thank you to Rockingham Forest Kiwanis and everyone involved in putting together such a great charity event.”

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