Home for children with cancer likely thanks to golf clubs

Emma Williams
By Emma Williams April 20, 2016 12:56

An Essex holiday home for children with cancer seems likely thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of two golf clubs that rallied together following the death of a seven-year-old boy.

Members of Stock Brook Country Club in Billericay recently presented a cheque for £11,438.61 following an entire year of fundraising for the charity Unlock a Life for Lockey.

The charity was launched in 2014 by seven-year-old Laughlin Whiteley, who died of leukaemia in October of that year.

It wants to raise £30,000 to buy a holiday home on the Essex coast that will be used to care for children with cancer and provide support for their families, and just a few weeks after announcing the initiative, is almost halfway to reaching its target.

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Stock Brook Country Club

The planned holiday home is set to be a retreat would be the only facility of its kind in the east of England which will also be available for use by bereaved families.

On top of the money from Stock Brook Country Club, nearby Three Rivers Country Club donated £3,310 to the same cause.

The money was raised through numerous events, including golf matches and social occasions, after the charity was chosen as the captains’ nominated cause for 2015 at both golf clubs.

Craig Laurence, director of golf at both Stock Brook and Three Rivers golf clubs, said: “I first came across Unlock when the team was holding its first golf day at Three Rivers, and was taken aback by the passion and enthusiasm of the volunteers.

“I was pleased when, the following year, the captains of both clubs chose to support this cause. We are so pleased that both Stock Brook and Three Rivers have been a part of the journey and growth of Unlock a Life for Lockey.”

Laughlin’s family, including parents Andrea Poyser and John Whiteley, and friends have vowed to carry on the charity to help others put in a position familiar to them.

Andrea, charity chairman, said: “Special thanks go to Craig Laurence and the team captains as well as our team members Raymond Poyser and David Morris who have worked with the clubs to make this happen.

“It is due to your commitment, kindness and dedication that sick children will hopefully soon enjoy a break with their families.”

To find out more, search Unlock a Life for Lockey on Facebook or log onto www.unlockalifeforlockey.co.uk.


Emma Williams
By Emma Williams April 20, 2016 12:56
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