Long-standing supporter and Harpenden resident, Mike Hodge, is putting plans together for his annual charity golf day in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Taking place on Thursday May 18 at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, the popular event is once again being supported by headline sponsors Jarvis Homes.
Mike Hodge said: “I’m really grateful to Jarvis Homes because their support means more of the funds raised can go directly towards patient care.” Jarvis Homes were the winning team at the 2016 event, something that Managing Director, Mike Peters, is a little embarrassed about: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support such an incredible and worthwhile cause,” he said, “although it’s slightly embarrassing to have won our own sponsored event! We’re very happy to sponsor it again, donating £1,500 for the 2017 event. Hopefully we’ll have another good day on the fairway – but even if we can’t repeat our success it’s good to know our support is making a difference to local families.”
Mike Hodge has raised more than £150,000 for Rennie Grove since he bumped into the charity’s then Chairman 12 years ago. Although he had no connection with the organisation at that time, he felt strongly about supporting hospice care because he was well aware just how many families are affected by life-limiting illness. A keen golfer, he offered to run a charity golf day, despite having never hosted one before. His renowned golf day has grown over more than a decade from 16 teams to 30, with people coming back each year to enjoy a good day’s golf as well as entertainment from a magician during the meal and a lively auction, all in aid of Rennie Grove. Mike supports the charity in other ways too: readers might recognise him as the Harpenden busker from the local Farmers’ Market and also Band Aid St Albans. Now 70, he and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their 60th birthday with a joint 120th party: 120 guests all gave donations to Rennie Grove instead of presents.
Head of Fundraising in Herts, Kate Grigg, said: “People like Mike are the lifeblood of this charity. His committed and creative approach to fundraising not only brings in vital funds but also crucially raises the profile of our services in the local community. Thanks to him and corporate sponsors like Jarvis Homes, his annual golf days alone have raised enough to fund four specialist nurses for a year.”
To find out more about Mike’s Charity Golf Day, call 01727 731028.