Haywards Heath Golf Club donates £23k to hospital friends charity

Haywards Heath Golf Club 2015 Club Captains, Mark Gerken and Kath Honeysett presenting a cheque for �23,040.00 to Graeme Cannell for the Friends of Kleinwort Charity - picture submitted
Haywards Heath Golf Club 2015 Club Captains, Mark Gerken and Kath Honeysett presenting a cheque for �23,040.00 to Graeme Cannell for the Friends of Kleinwort Charity - picture submitted

Haywards Heath Golf Club captains have presented more than £23,000 to a centre which helps people recovering from a long stay in hospital.

At the start of 2015, the new Captains of the golf club announced their charity for the year would be the Friends of Kleinwort.

This charity was set up two years ago to improve the experience for patients and staff at the Kleinwort Centre.

Based in Bulters green Road in Haywards Heath, the Kleinwort Centre is part of the Sussex Community NHS Trust offering nurse-led care.

It is highly regarded for the excellent intermediate care it provides to people following a period of acute hospital stay due to illness, or after surgery, and supports people to get back home, as soon as it is safe to do so.

The golf club collected monies from various functions held throughout the year, with the main event being the Captain’s Charity Day and barbecue in June.

Captain Kath Honeysett, who has been a nurse at the Centre during her captaincy, said: “The amount raised for the Friends of Kleinwort was £23,040.

“This will help to buy equipment much needed for the Kleinwort Centre, for which both patients and staff will benefit.

“Some individual items include raised garden flower beds, equipment in the gym, lifting equipment and transfer chairs.

“This amount will also give a boost to a little known recently set up charity run entirely by volunteers.”

The club, which is run by its members, has selected the Sussex Heart Charity as its Charity of the Year for 2016.

The charity, formerly called the Brighton Heart Support Trust, has been supporting cardiac patients since 1987. In that time it has been instrumental in supporting and developing services now considered standard.

These include having defibrillators in ambulances and on hospital wards and funding the first surgical assistant for the Sussex Cardiac Centre in Brighton.

The charity has funded the set up cost for exercise equipment for community based cardiac exercise classes, in many areas throughout Sussex including Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

Donations from the public have also paid for the training of more than 118,000 people in how to save a life through its Heartguard Resuscitation Scheme.

In 2016, the charity’s aim is to ensure there is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in every railway station in Sussex.