Record breaking golf day tribute to colleague
Staff raise a total of £35,000 for Lynda Jackson centre
Uxbridge Gazette, Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford GU1 1QA
editorialuxbridge@ trinitysouth.co.uk STAFF at an Uxbridge haulage company have set a new fundraising record in memory of a colleague who died from cancer.
Employees at Thames Materials in Salisbury Road raised an incredible £35,000 at a charity golf day – the most ever raised in one event for Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre.
Their event, held at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, was a tribute to the company’s office manager, Sheila Melvin, who died in May 2014.
Thames Materials managing director, Martin Clarke, said: “Everyone in the company was shocked and saddened when Sheila died, not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We all wanted to do something to honour her life.
“Everyone was incredibly generous and we are delighted to have been able to support a local charity that did so much for Sheila.
“I’m also really proud of all my staff who worked tirelessly to make the day so successful.”
Fifteen teams, mostly fielded by customers of Thames Materials, took part in the golf day which also included dinner and an auction, which raised over £19,000 alone.
Sheila’s husband, Geoff, said: “Sheila’s family and I cannot thank enough the boys and girls of Thames Materials.
“Sheila would have been overwhelmed by their kindness and the thought that her memory had raised such a large sum for such a worthy cause. We would like to thank all the people who participated in the day because their generosity is priceless.”
Proceeds of the day were donated to the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre (LJMC) at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, where Sheila was treated.
Its services include a dropin centre, complementary therapies, helpline and counselling.
LJMC receives more than 35,000 requests for help each year and relies on fundraising and charitable support for the majority of its money.
Fiona Hussey, on behalf of LJMC, said “It’s the most successful event that anyone has ever organised for the centre and we are immensely grateful to Thames Materials for this amazing support. What a fabulous tribute to Sheila.”
n TRIBUTE: Cheque presentation to Rosemary Lucey and Fiona Hussey from the Lynda Jackson Macmilllan Centre. Cheque presented by Geoff Melvin, Martin Clarke, Eamonn Malone and Shane Geraghty