Our new Captains’ Charity for the year is Make-A-Wish, an organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children living with critical illnesses. Granting their One True Wish provides hope for the future and the resilience to cope with treatment. They are given quality time away from the daily realities of living with their condition, to make magical memories that they can treasure forever - whatever their future may hold.
Unlike in previous years, where funds raised are passed to the charity in one lump at the end of the year, this year funds will be raised against a specific ‘wish’ to be provided for a local child. As that wish is enabled, we will move on to the next one, on an on-going basis through the year. We will be working towards a specific identifiable and personal target in all our fund raising.
Our first Wish Child is Amy, a 15-year-old who lives with her family in Aylesford. Amy has always been an active child, but at age 12 was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. 18 months of hospitalisation and gruelling treatment in London, away from her family, resulted in Amy's left femur being removed and replaced with a prosthetic one. She then had to start to learn to walk again and, despite her own problems, decided to undertake charity walks to benefit others, heading up the Countryfile walks for Children in Need last year.
Having missed out on 18 months of normal family life, Amy’s wish is for a family holiday. She would like to visit Iceland where the rugged landscape and natural wonders resonate with her struggle and recent journey.
Speaking at the drive-in, Club Captain Mark Riddick said: “We are especially pleased to be able to help raise funds for a local child through such a worthwhile charity. The cost of delivering this wish is £4,000, and I would ask the members to donate generously to try to raise this sum before Christmas”. Lady Captain, Mandy Ellis added: ”What a wonderful Christmas present this would be for Amy and her family if we could provide the funds for this wish to be delivered by then. Please dig deep and give what you can to help achieve this.”
To set the ball rolling, members and guests at the drive-in donated over £600 from the sale of packets of M&Ms at inflated prices, and the Sunday swindle kindly donated their 'pot' from the morning's golf. Regular updates on the progress of our fund-raising for Amy’s wish will be posted here and around the club.
If you’d like to donate, you can do so by cheque, made payable to Rochester & Cobham Park GC Ltd., or by bank transfer (BACS) to Sort Code: 20-54-11, Account No: 40759910, Ref: Make-A-Wish.
No amount is too small.