Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel has a proud tradition of raising money for good causes.
Over the years, we’ve helped fund a new mobile unit for Suffolk carers, worn Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children and turned our hotel pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
This year we held an extra special charity golf day, to raise funds for EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices) and their NOOK Appeal – aimed at building a brand new hospice for children with life threatening illness – and GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital, London).
All charity days are special but this one was just that bit extra-special because it was inspired by a brave young boy who sadly lost his fight for life aged only 18 months.
Stanley McLean was Brad’s little boy. Brad is the general manager here at Thorpeness.
It’s been five years since Stanley passed from heart complications and in that time Brad, his wife Debbie, their family and friends have raised more than £100,000 for charities helping sick children.
On a beautiful June day, with the warm Suffolk sun bathing our James Braid heathland course, 24 teams teed up in Stanley’s name – to raise money, play great golf and further friendships.
Lots of people came on board to make it a day to remember, from leading golf brands, local East Anglian businesses and prize donors the length and breadth of Britain.
Competitors were each given a Puma warm-cell golf pullover as a gift and had the opportunity to try shoe fitting from FootJoy, the #1 shoe in golf, before teeing off.
Our team prepared a series of fun challenges to keep interest keen throughout the day, including a double-your-money par three, nearest the line from the tee, closest to the pin and the popular yellow-ball team score.
On course refreshment was provided by Adnam’s, Suffolk’s most celebrated brewer, and the Proper Pizza company set up its wood-fired ovens on the 8th tee and 16th green.
The course played fast and firm, the greens were double cut and rolled and a healthy breeze made scoring difficult for most teams.
Stanley’s golf day didn’t end on Thorpeness’ 18th green in the shadow of Suffolk’s ‘House in the Clouds.’ It continued on into the evening at Thorpeness Country Club with a gala dinner, auction and prize giving.
Comedian and compere Ian Richards hosted an auction that included an Open Championship flag signed by 2016 champion Henrik Stenson, a Sergio Garcia signed Masters flag, golf breaks in Gleneagles, Scotland and Orlando, Florida; as well as sporting memorabilia from the worlds of football, boxing and cricket.
Stanley’s golf day raised £10,688 – a total which pushed Brad’s fundraising since 2012 into six figures.
Brad McLean, said: “£100,000 is an incredible amount of money to raise in Stanley’s memory. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in trying to help other families and children battling life-threatening illnesses and coping with the tragedy of child bereavement.
Stanley’s family is fortunate enough to have received great support from all walks of life but especially from within the golf community.”
If you’d like to find out more about the Stanley McLean Memorial Trust, click here.