Wanstead golfers help Dial-a-Dream charity to survive for another year with fundraising efforts

Alicia Gordon, age 11, will benefit from the Dial-a-Dream charity. She tried out golf with Wanstead

Alicia Gordon, age 11, will benefit from the Dial-a-Dream charity. She tried out golf with Wanstead Golf Club's outgoing captain John Kemp - Credit: Archant

A Wanstead charity that grants the wishes of very sick children will be able to keep going for another year thanks to fundraising golfers.

(l-r) Bob Heath from Dial-a-Dream, Alicia Gordon, Wanstead men's captain John Kemp and women's capta

(l-r) Bob Heath from Dial-a-Dream, Alicia Gordon, Wanstead men's captain John Kemp and women's captain Jeannie Hollick - Credit: Archant

John Kemp, 47, the outgoing captain of Wanstead Golf Club, Overton Drive, presented the Dial-a-Dream charity with a cheque for £25,000 on Sunday.

He and Jeannie Hollick, 64, outgoing captain of the ladies’ section, picked the Addison Road-based cause for their fundraising efforts over the last year, including calendar sales and raffles.

Bob Heath, one of the charity’s founders and its honorary secretary, said: “We have to say a big thank you to the golf club.

“It will keep us going for another year.


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“We would have been struggling, it was a well needed cash injection.”

Mr Heath said seven to eight wishes will now be fulfilled, including eleven-year-old Alicia Gordon’s dream to go on The Simpsons ride at the Universal Studios theme park in Florida.

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The Bromley youngster, who underwent chemotherapy treatment last year, also visited the club.

The amount raised smashed the club’s previous fundraising record of around £13,000.

Mr Kemp said: “When you look at what the children and families go through, we felt it was a nice cause to give the money to.”

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