Fareham school’s cash boost from golfers’ fundraising drive

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MORE than £3,000 has been donated to a special needs school in Fareham by a local golf club.

Botley Park Golf Club adopted St Francis School for special needs children, Fareham, as their charity this year.

During the year there were a number of golf events dedicated to raising money for the school and a total of £3,400 was raised.

Men’s Captain of the club Martyn Cantello said: ‘We were delighted to adopt St Francis School as the focus of our charity fundraising.

‘We have been supporting local charities for many years, and it is particularly satisfying that this year, we will be helping the school and local children with the challenges they face.’

Steve Hollinghurst, headteacher at the school, said he was thrilled with the generous donation.

‘The children at St Francis School need a vast amount of specialist equipment,’ he said.

‘We do not get funded sufficiently to cover its cost. The money raised will provide essential aids to assist our children to walk and communicate.

‘The children, staff and parents are very grateful for the support from the local golfers. This is a substantial donation and will have a big impact on our pupils’ learning and well-being.’