Golfers on course for charity cash

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."


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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.

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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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