Golf club’s mu­sic goes with a swing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

An evening of mu­sic in aid of the Pil­grims Hospice was held at Great Chart Golf and Leisure last week­end.

The club pro­vided the venue for free and do­nated the bar prof­its.

More than £3,500 was raised on the night.

The mu­si­cal acts were all from the area and the evening be­gan with Kelly Bourne, fol­lowed by Stella ‘n the Loft and Mus­tang.

All the per­form­ers played for free to a crowd of more than 200.

Trevor Bourne, one of the or­gan­is­ers and the drum­mer in the band Mus­tang said: “This was our third year of ar­rang­ing a char­ity mu­sic evening and all of them have been held at Great Chart Golf and Leisure.

“The first year was for Can­cer Re­search UK and the sec­ond year was for Breast Can­cer Care, both of which are na­tional char­i­ties, so this year we wanted to do some­thing for a more lo­cally based char­ity, hence se­lect­ing the Pil­grims Hospice in Ash­ford.” A brain in­jury sur­vivor has named a new va­ri­ety of rose in honour of the char­ity that has helped his re­cov­ery.

Reg Sin­gle­ton, 71, a mem­ber of Head­way East Kent’s Ash­ford branch, sus­tained a trau­matic in­jury in 2008 when he fell on the beach and hit his head.

With the sup­port from the char­ity, the fa­ther-of-two had to re­learn his most ba­sic skills from scratch in­clud­ing walk­ing, talk­ing and eat­ing.

He said: “The hid­den and phys­i­cal ef­fects of brain in­jury changed me from an in­de­pen­dent per­son who en­joyed talk­ing to oth­ers into some­one who couldn’t read, feed my­self or walk with­out help in the early days of re­cov­ery.”

In June 2015, the Am­a­teur Rose Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion agreed to do­nate a new rose in Head­way’s name.

The Head­way Rose was launched at the Ryedale Rose Fes­ti­val last week at RV Rogers Nurs­ery in Pick­er­ing, North York­shire.

Mr Sin­gle­ton wrote to gar­den­ers such as Alan Titch­marsh and Monty Don, hop­ing to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion.

Mr Sin­gle­ton said: “I’m so grate­ful to the Am­a­teur Rose Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and I’m so pleased the rose is go­ing to help raise aware­ness. I can’t wait to go to the fes­ti­val with my wife Janet and see the rose in per­son.”

A por­tion of the sales of the Head­way Rose will be shared be­tween Head­way East Kent and Head­way – the brain in­jury as­so­ci­a­tion which has 131 groups across the UK.

Paula Brown, day cen­tres man­ager for Head­way East Kent, said: “Reg has worked tire­lessly for the past few years to raise aware­ness of brain in­jury and the work Head­way does. We can’t thank him and his wife Janet enough for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.”

Mr Sin­gle­ton goes to Head­way East Kent twice a week and his wife Janet at­tends meet­ings for car­ers.

Reg Sin­gle­ton named the Head­way Rose in honour of the char­ity which helped him re­cover af­ter a brain in­jury; he and wife Janet work tire­lessly to raise aware­ness of Head­way’s work

Pic­ture: Ania Sier­adzka

Trevor Bourne, head or­gan­iser and drum­mer with Mus­tang, and John Kay, Great Chart Golf Club co-owner

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