Golfers from Hassocks raise funds for children with diabetes

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Hassocks golfers have raised a total of £5,307 over the past 12 months for the Paediatric Diabetes Unit of the Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital.

Tim Cattaneo, Club Captain, said the monies were raised by various activities over the year by all sections of the club, including a very successful Captains’ Charity Day back in the summer. The Junior Section donated their winnings from the Dockerills League during a very successful season.

Dr Shankar Kanumakala said: “The Children’s Diabetes Service based at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton provides comprehensive care to children with diabetes and their families. The service covers a wide region – Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Haywards Heath and surrounding areas.

“The service covers all ages of children (the youngest we have cared for is a 9 month old child with diabetes) and we also actively support the patient moving over to a young adult clinic around the age of 16-18 years. Every child and family is supported to achieve the best possible diabetes control, by providing individualised and specific advice for every child & family.

“The young patient needs support outside of family too – we help in the training of teachers & carers at school or nursery to ensure provision of safe and appropriate care for a child with diabetes. Donations from well-wishers and philanthropists make a huge difference to the service. This is the second time in 7 years that Hassocks Golf Club have supported our Unit & the monies raised have exceeded our expectations.

“This will make a huge contribution to the service we are able to provide to children with diabetes and their families & we are so grateful to the members of Hassocks Golf Club for their generosity.”

Report and picture contributed by Ann Austin.