Saturday, 25 September 2021

Henley Golf Club donates £6,000 to MS centre

Henley Golf Glub has donated more than £6,000 to Henley MS therapy centre. The money was raised with events including raffles and ladies days. A cheque presentation took place at the club in Harpsden and the staff and clients from the centre in Greys Road were invited for a meal in the clubhouse. Women’s captain Gilly Hudson said: “I was diagnosed with MS five years ago and regularly go to the centre. Lots of people in Henley still don’t know it exists so we want to get them to realise they have this centre right here in town.” Maddie Ames, chairman of the centre, said: “I would like to say a big thank-you to the captains of the golf club for their very generous contribution.” Pictured, left to right, Louise Cawthra, Colin Ames, Pat Baxter, Babs Towner, Pete Towner, Maddie Ames (chairman), Gilly Hudson (women’s captain), Dave Sexon (men’s captain) and John Baxter. The centre was opened in 2010 and offers therapy, physiotherapy and footcare for sufferers of multiple sclerosis. For more information, call 01628 825773 or email Mrs Ames at

Picture: David Murray

A donation of £1,500 has been made to Henley Riding for the Disabled by Henley Lions Club. The money was raised at the club’s Santa’s grotto at Toad Hall garden centre in the run-up to Christmas. John Moore, of the Henley Lions, said: “There are no fees for the nine or so riders regularly taking part and with up to 10 helpers and instructors, they are safely looked after and encouraged. Among these riders are older teenagers from the Pathways Group at The Henley College who obviously enjoy the help and facilities of this group and the interaction with the horses. To see the reaction of these young people is an absolute joy to behold.”

The charity will be holding a street collection in Henley market place on Saturday, June 14 when people will be able to meet one of its smallest ponies and make a donation. The cheque was presented to Jane Brazil, of Henley Riding for the Disabled, by Lions president Pam Pitts and Lion John Moore watched by Lions Peter Warrick, Robin Swift and Barry Holmes and other members of the charity.

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