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Branston captains are record breakers

TIM Winn and Sarah Shaw, 2015 golf captains at Branston Golf & Country Club, near Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, last month presented a record beating £41,316 cheque to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice charity at Stoke on Trent that cares for children throughout Staffordshire with shortened life expectancy and their families.

This sum, presented to Melanie Williams, head of high value partnerships at The Donna Louise Trust, is the largest sum ever received by the charity from a golf club and is believed to be the record for captains’ annual charity fundraising by any golf club in Britain.

Branston captains Tim, a business development manager for Lloyds Bank, and farmer’s wife Sarah organised a succession of social and golfing events during their 2015 captaincy year that ranged from a Comedy evening with Patrick Monahan, through a Branston Bake Off to the outstandingly successful Branston’s Got Stars In Its Eyes talent show that raised more than £10,000 in a single night.

Top event for the year involved Tim rowing from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in the Tower2Tower Challenge organised by the Donna Louise Trust last May. This epic journey is reckoned to be the ‘Everest’ of open rowing events especially as it includes 36 hours non-stop rowing across the choppy English Channel. The gruelling task saw two teams battling against tides on the Thames and the Seine and dodging the super-tankers and busy Channel shipping at night.

Tim trained hard at Branston’s state of the art gym & fitness facilities to get fit for the challenge and be able to endure lack of sleep as well as the physical effort involved.

“As only 100 people have ever completed the journey I persuaded many Lloyds Bank branches and clients to sponsor my challenge through a Just Giving site and they, together with friends, members and management at Branston Golf & Country Club have all contributed to this fantastic sum,” said Tim.

“Donna Louise Trust’s original target was absolutely smashed when the Tower2Tower Challenge pulled in over £300,000 and I’m thrilled to have been part of that achievement,” he added.

Branston’s golfers and local families that are supported by the Donna Louise Trust turned out in force for the presentation. Melanie Williams, who also completed the Tower2Tower Challenge, said: “Branston’s captains truly exceptional donation of £41,316 is an amazing and record breaking achievement that will help us support children at home or in the Hospice with the challenges that having a life-threatening condition can often bring.”

Pictured are Branston Golf & Country Club captains present record breaking sum to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice: (l-r) (Front) Tim Winn (Branston captain 2015); Keiron Griffiths (aged seven from Burton on Trent); Sarah Shaw (lady captain 2015). (Rear) Ben Laing (MD of Branston Golf & Country Club); Nicky Griffiths; Mandy & Gracie Mott (aged 12 from Burton on Trent); Melanie Williams (head of high value partnerships at the Donna Louise Trust); Chris Belyavin (relationship manager Donna Louise Trust); Derek Liddle (chairman Burton Friends of the Donna Louise Trust) and Roger Kerry (chairman Branston Golf & Country Club).