Garon Park Golf Complex in Southend have nominated HARP as their ‘Charity of the Year’ and hope to raise money through a variety of fundraising events throughout 2017. Representatives recently visited the Southend based homeless charity who support hundreds of local homeless people each year.
Debbie Wood, Eddie Hicks, Terry Whiteman and Graham Purser, all members at Garon Park Golf Complex spent time at HARP’s day centre in York Road with CEO Gill Garwood to learn more about the charity and see first-hand some of their work. At the heart of HARP, the Bradbury Centre is the first point of contact for anyone facing homelessness or sleeping rough. Each morning volunteers prepare breakfast that is served with hot drinks and a smile. Those visiting the centre can also use the shower facilities and staff are on hand to give advice and support. The neighbouring emergency night shelter also offers a safe and warm place to sleep for 18 people every night, people that might otherwise be sleeping rough.
The golf club works hard every year to not just provide a fantastic array of events and activities for its members but to also create an opportunity for the club to give something back to its local community, and HARP are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of this year’s efforts. Lisa Walton, Community Fundraiser at HARP said “We can’t wait to see fundraising activities quite literally swing into action. It is wonderful to know that vital funds are being raised this year by people doing something that makes them happy, keeps them fit and most importantly brings people together for a fantastic cause. We would love to hear from other sports clubs that would like to follow in Garon Park Golf Complex’s footsteps and hold a fundraising event for us and make a positive change in their community simply by doing something they love!”
For more information about HARP or to find out how you can hold a fundraising event contact them on 01702 615834.