Golf day adds £5,000 to fund

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A charity golf day has raised £5,000 for an award-winning community centre.

The event was organised by Princes Risborough Rotarian Tom Winkworth and held at the Whiteleaf Golf Club.

Tom is a Past President of Princes Risborough Rotary Club and he initiated and led the club’s effort on a fund raising drive for the Princes Centre during his year of office, resulting in a £20,000 donation to the centre. He is now a member of the centre’s fundraising team.

Twenty teams took part in the competition, held at the end of April. The money raised included a generous contribution of £1,000 from Barclays Bank.

The Princes Centre is run as a social enterprise by the people of Princes Risborough for everybody who lives in the town and surrounding areas. Its primary mission is to provide a local base day care centre for older and vulnerable residents that can also be for the community to use, enjoy and to foster good community relationships.

The viability of the centre had been uncertain for many years but it now has a very secure future.

The Princes Centre Appeal Fund was launched in 2012 with a goal of £300,000.

With the hard work of the trustees and fundraising committee and massive support from numerous local organisations and residents, enough funds were raised to help with start-up costs, maintaining the bus, coping with essential repairs to the building, and, most recently purchasing the buildings.

After two years of provision, the service is now self-financing, but there is still more to bring the buildings up to scratch.

For the second year running, the Princes Centre has picked up the community award for Dignity & Respect from Bucks County Council.

Tom Winkworth would like to thank the participants in the Golf Day.