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Charity: Great Golf Doing Good for ManKind

The Park Lane Group were delighted to sponsor a golf day at Willingdon Golf Course recently. The event was held to raise money for ManKind in memory of Steve Garner.

Along with sponsorship of the 18th hole, we also entered two pairs; Laurence Hulkes and his son Dan, and Larry Patching and Noel McNeill of Abacus Flame. They played well but didn’t quite manage a score to take the winnings which went to Con Cronin and Rob Gellatly. They scooped the £1,500 prize fund which they promptly donated to ManKind. Second and third places went to Brian George and Chris Martin, and Ian Pickard who paired with Dave Farrington.

The day’s golf was preceded by a fundraising dinner the evening before. It provided an opportunity for Ian Pickard and Paul Roskilly, founders of ManKind, to talk about their work. ManKind is an informal support group for men to meet, talk and seek the help they need in a safe and friendly environment. They provide support for men struggling with mental health difficulties via a weekly meet-up with additional support offered via a WhatsApp group.

This quote from their website says simply, “A place where you can share the things that you are afraid to share with others for fear of being judged.”

Along with money generated from hole sponsors such as The Park Lane Group and the fundraising dinner, the golf day raised approximately £8,000.

It will enable ManKind to provide specialist counselling support via The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust which is a not-for-profit organisation in Eastbourne that offers discreet and professional counselling and psychotherapy services.

Since the golf day, we’re also delighted to report that Ian and Paul have been awarded the Community Hero Award at the East Sussex Big Thank You Awards. The Awards, which took place on October 21, celebrated the work the work of keyworkers, neighbours, communities, families and friends through the pandemic.

To find out more about ManKind, visit their website at mankindcic.co.uk or find them on Facebook.