The new Hever Castle Golf Club Captains have chosen to support Porchlight as their charity for 2019/2020.
New club captains Alan Evans and Anne Jakeman explained why they had chosen to support the charity which works across Kent and the south east helping vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment.
Anne said: “It’s a local charity, supporting people in our community.
“I have personal experience of the good work they do through my former employment at West Kent College. There is an increase across the country, including Kent, in rough sleepers. I am particularly interested in care leavers who find themselves homeless. I used to foster so have some knowledge of the predicaments young people find themselves in through no fault of their own.
“Before making a final decision on our chosen charity, Alan and I spent a morning (from 6am) with the outreach workers from Porchlight in Maidstone. It helped to give us an insight into the excellent work they do. It was probably this experience which finally decided us on choosing Porchlight.”
Alan added: “I wanted to support Porchlight because they are Kent based and it is small enough for our contribution to make a difference.”
Money will be collected for the charity throughout the year but the main fundraiser will take place on Wednesday 19 June with a golf day followed by a hog roast and live music.
The number of people rough sleeping in Kent has doubled in the past three years. Porchlight currently has 159 rooms across Kent where people can stay for up to two years. They offer a free 24 hour helpline and have a number of outreach workers who work in the community supporting rough sleepers. They support nearly 5000 people a year.
Hever Castle Golf Club will support Porchlight with a variety of events throughout the year.
Last year the golf club chose to support charity, the Alzheimer’s Society and raised £3,450.
To support this year’s charity click here