Mill Green golfer does his bit for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:52 09 February 2014

Mill Green golfer Roger Butcher presents a cheque to Grove House Hospice manager Jane Foy

Mill Green golfer Roger Butcher presents a cheque to Grove House Hospice manager Jane Foy


As captain of Bengeo Golf Society, Mill Green golfer Roger Butcher has helped raise £2,710 for Grove House Day Hospice in St Albans.

The money comes from fines imposed on society players - all done in a jovial way.

Butcher explained: “I chose to support Grove House during my year as captain because I’m very well aware of the fantastic services that the charity provides for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness.

“My wife, Lynne, volunteers at Grove House taking a weekly exercise class for patients in the Day Hospice and she sees first-hand the massive difference that Grove House services can make to patients’ quality of life.

“Raising the money was good fun. “The Society plays a different golf course every month from March to December.

“This gives golfers the chance to enjoy some fabulous courses and while each course presents new challenges, we are still more than happy to create excuses to fine players ­- for failing to score on particular holes, or even for wearing pink socks to dinner.”

Half of the money came from those fines, while the rest was raised from auctions of 4-ball vouchers donated by the host golf clubs, plus golf equipment donated by members.

Butcher presented the cheque to Grove House Hospice manager, Jane Foy, who said: “We are really grateful to all the members of the Bengeo Golf Society for their donation.

“This money will help fund a Grove House nurse for 135 hours, giving vital support to a large number of patients either in the Day Hospice or in their own homes.

“What a worthwhile outcome from wearing pink socks.”

Visit for more information on the society and how to join.

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