Golfers on course for charity cash

PUBLISHED: 11:49 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 06 May 2010

Mavis Joiner hands over the cheque to a MND representative, watched by Robert Parry (back right)

Mavis Joiner hands over the cheque to a MND representative, watched by Robert Parry (back right)

GOLFERS have raised nearly £4,000 for sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease during the course of a year. Last year the disease claimed the life of Harmen van Rijs, son-in-law of Harpenden Common Golf Club member Margaret Stead. Robert Perry and Mavis Joiner,

GOLFERS have raised nearly £4,000 for sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease during the course of a year.

Last year the disease claimed the life of Harmen van Rijs, son-in-law of Harpenden Common Golf Club member Margaret Stead.

Robert Perry and Mavis Joiner, the club captains decided to jointly raise money for MND in his memory.

Mrs Joiner said: "It also turned out that the disease had touched the lives of several of our members so we were pleased to be able to help."

The funds were raised through bridge drives, car-boot sales, hole-in-one competitions and raffles.

Harmen, who lived in Sandridge with his wife Helen before moving to a specially-adapted bungalow in Kimpton, was only 43 when he died in February 2007.

He continued to work as a global risk accountant in London for quite a while after the disease was confirmed and with his support, Helen set up The Wobbly Club to raise awareness and funds for MND research.


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