Outgoing Seniors’ captain of South Cerney Golf Club Chris Huckle had one final duty to perform before handing over the reins to new captain Walter Sutherland as he presented cheques for £1835 each to Chris’ two chosen charities: Cirencester Housing for Young People(CHYP) and the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA).

The monies had been collected over the last 12 months through a combination of donations, raffles and thousands of 50p ‘fines’ imposed on players falling foul of a playing penalty which changed every month, ranging from balls in bunkers to failure to land a tee shot on the green on the short 15th hole.

The presentations were made in front of over 70 Seniors to Natalie Ledger of CHYP and Carol Dutton, Regional Advisor for the HDA.

Chris explained that he had chosen these two beneficiaries as they were especially important to him personally; CHYP because he had spent a working lifetime in the social housing field, and HDA because of a close family member who was suffering from this incurable genetic disease of the central nervous system.

On behalf of CHYP, Natalie said: “We are delighted that that South Cerney Seniors chose CHYP as one of their charities to support. Raising £1835 for two charities is a great achievement, and the money for CHYP will go directly towards helping local young homeless people.”

On behalf of HDA, Carol said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to all at South Cerney Seniors in raising this amazing amount of money for the HD families in the Gloucestershire areas. The ‘team’ effort made by you all is truly outstanding.”