Golfers’ festive gift for children

FEMALE players at Spalding Golf Club are showing that Christmas really is about the children this year.

Instead of exchanging gifts, players decided to raise money for a local school some of the members have a connection to.

Donations were put into an envelope and the resulting £260 has been given to Gosberton House School, a specialist school mainly for children with autistic spectrum disorders.

Lady captain at the club Norma Parker said Ruth Atkins, one of the golfers, is grandmother to a pupil at the school, Finlay Brown.

Norma and player Eileen Brotherton, who is competition secretary and formerly worked at Gosberton House School, went to present the cheque to young Finlay and headteacher Louise Stanton.

“The headteacher gave us a tour of the school and I met the children.” says Norma. “It was very moving.

“We normally do a bring and win at the golf club and take a little present but this year we said, ‘No more presents. We’ll start donating money to children.’ We feel children are what Christmas is about.

“I thank all the ladies very much for their generous donations.”