22 July 2011

Keepers in Lancashire – 2nd Sortie

As previously reported in the Keepers in Lancashire blog (22nd May), Keepers is set to benefit quite significantly from its close association with Penwortham Golf Club.

The current Captain of the Preston-based Club is former St Andrean, Hugh Paterson, who has nominated Keepers as his principal charity and we will benefit from the proceeds of an impressive range of fund raising activities.

The second of these activities took place on Friday 22nd July in the form of a Captain’s Charity Dinner at which Keepers provided two of the three principal speakers – our Patron, David Joy and Hon Member Emil Pacholek. The imperious double act provided a master class in entertaining and informing a suitably impressed audience who packed the clubhouse at Penwortham. David switched effortlessly (and sometimes dramatically) back and forth with his alter ego “Old Tom”– a performance which was perfectly balanced by Emil’s consummate story telling skills and improvised anecdotes.

Keepers also featured prominently in the Charity Auction which formed an important part of the evening’s programme with high bids being required to secure the lots presented by Keepers – a weekend golf package in St Andrews courtesy of the Links Trust and Sheena and Jack Willoughby of the Dunvegan Hotel and limited edition line drawings of Seve Ballesteros and Old Tom Morris donated by David Joy.

As a result of Hugh’s unrelenting ability to secure maximum effect from every conceivable commercial opportunity, Penwortham Golf Club are well on the way to changing the lives of two people through the provision of powered wheelchairs.

The large contingent of St Andrews-based Keepers representatives (pictured above*) together with wives and partners rounded off an extremely enjoyable weekend on Saturday with a visit to Southport Airshow (where in the best traditions of a Jolly Boys outing they managed to lose David within a few minutes of arrival) culminating with a barbeque in the splendid surroundings of Hugh and Carol Paterson’s home in Burscough.

* Pictured from left to right Dennis Clark, David Joy, Hugh Paterson, Emil Pacholek and Jack Munro