Botley Park Golfers help local special needs children

Botley park Golf Club present cheque to St Francis School


Generous golfers at threatened Botley Park Golf Club have chipped in to help  local children with special needs.

During the last year the Men’s and Seniors’ Captains at Botley Park Golf Club adopted St Francis School for special needs children, Fareham, as their charity and have held a number of golf events dedicated to raising money for the School.

Through the generosity of Club members, guests and visitors a total of £3,400 was raised.

As a result, the Captains, Martyn Cantello and Mike George have presented the school with new equipment, to be used by the children. This equipment is a high tech walking frame and special iPad editions specifically designed to help the children with their learning.

Men’s Captain Martyn Cantello said :

  “We were delighted to adopt St Francis School as the focus of our charity fund raising. We have been supporting local charities for many years, and it is particularly satisfying that this year, we will be helping the School and local children with the challenges they face.”

Seniors’ Captain Mike George added:

“Raising funds for local charities is a particular satisfying part of our yearly activities.”

“We hope we shall be able to continue with our local charity work for many years. However, this will depend on whether we are able to fight off the threat from Eastleigh Borough Council, who are planning for the destruction of our lovely golf course, with the building of 1,400 homes.”

St Francis Head Teacher, Steve Hollinghurst, said:

“The children at St. Francis School need a vast amount of specialist equipment. We do not get funded sufficiently to cover its cost. The money raised will provide essential aids to assist our children to walk and communicate. The children, staff and parents are very grateful for the support from the local golfers. This is a substantial donation and will have a big impact on our pupil’s learning and well-being.”