Charity Campaigns - Little Extras to help ill children

Christina Kelly, Andy Kass, Gina Evans, Katrina Allen and Susan Miles with the cheque
Christina Kelly, Andy Kass, Gina Evans, Katrina Allen and Susan Miles with the cheque

Children in hospital will benefit from new toys and equipment following a donation of thousands of pounds.

Overstone Park Golf Club presented a cheque for £6,881 to Kettering General Hospital’s Little Extras appeal, which is being backed by the Evening Telegraph, after carrying out a host of fundraising activities.

Andy Kass and Gina Evans, who were the captains of the men’s and ladies’ golf teams respectively last year, handed over the funds to hospital staff on Friday.

Mr Kass said many businesses had been keen to sponsor their fundraising auction and provide prizes for raffles, including Lexus of Milton Keynes, which donated £1,000 for the charity pot.

Mr Kass said: “Our members stretch to Kettering and Wellingborough and we have sponsored Northampton General Hospital a few times over the last couple of years so we thought we would move further afield.

“It’s really nothing to do with me, it’s down to the members of the golf club and without them it wouldn’t have happened.

“I beg, borrow and steal and the members then put their hands in their pockets and donate.

“It’s all thanks to them.”

The golfers will be sent a wish list by the hospital of the “little extras” that will make a child’s stay in hospital more comfortable. It aims to raise £80,000 ahead of the new paediatric ward opening this summer.

Children will be able to use the toys at their bedside or in dedicated play areas.

Mr Kass added: “We’re looking at interactive white boards as a possibility or a bed for parents of a child to stay over.

“We’re also looking at a pool table and it’d be nice to have a plaque for members if any members’ children are unfortunate to have to go in they can see in two or three years’ down the line it is there and being used.”

Hospital charity fundraising officer Christina Kelly said: “We’re hugely appreciative of the support from Overstone Park Golf Club and from all of its members and it’s going to make a huge difference to the quality of children’s lives here.”