Leighton Buzzard golfers chip in to raise thousands for Mencap

CHEQUE MATES: Leighton Mencap secretary Peter Ingram and treasurer David Deakin receive a cheque for �4,930 from Plum Duffs organiser Geoff Dimmock and colleague John Mitchener.
CHEQUE MATES: Leighton Mencap secretary Peter Ingram and treasurer David Deakin receive a cheque for �4,930 from Plum Duffs organiser Geoff Dimmock and colleague John Mitchener.

A group of Leighton Buzzard golfers have donated almost £5,000 to help the work of local Mencap officials and volunteers.

Members of the Plum Duffs, a group whose activities are managed by retired Leighton turf accountant Geoff Dimmock, raise money at weekly competitions at the Plantation Road course - and since it was formed 18 years ago, have raised over £65,000 for worthy causes.

Now after the latest charity day competition involving around 100 golfers, Geoff has handed over £4,930 to local Mencap officials to enable them provide a wide range of support and activities for young people with physical and mental challenges in life.

Explains Geoff: “We raise money throughout the year in various ways and with the help of local businesses, stage an annual charity day at the Leighton club. We are delighted to support our local Mencap organisation because they deliver a tremendous amount of help for local families and children with disabilities.”

The golf charity day was won by Roger Hughes with 44 points, two clear of runner-up Peter Taylor, a former President of the club. Seniors vice captain Peter Myrants took third place with 41 points, with Steve Molyneaux, Phil Coumbe, Adrian Stephenson and Tim Martin heading a chasing pack with 40 points.

The competition for ladies was won by Joyce Young with 31 points, a shot clear of Patti Marriott who has just stood down after her year as Captain of the Ladies section at the club.

The Leighton club and its members are proud of its bond with the local community, with the Club and Ladies Captains typically raising over £10,000 for worthy causes. Less than two months ago, another group headed by former Leighton club Captains Ada Stephenson and Steve Leng held a charity day and donated £3,500 to help people suffering from dementia.