Golfers raise thousands for Fareham school’s special needs unit

SPECIAL CAUSE Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club hands over the cheque to Fareham Academy
SPECIAL CAUSE Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club hands over the cheque to Fareham Academy

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GOLFERS dug deep to raise thousands of pounds for a secondary school’s special needs department in memory of a former teaching assistant.

The money was raised for Fareham Academy by Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club, where Freda Holmes has been the lady captain this year.

Freda has been a member of the golf club, in Brune Lane, for 24 years, although it was her first year as lady captain.

She nominated Fareham Academy’s Specialist Hearing Impaired Unit as her chosen charity in memory of her daughter Heather Daniels who died in the tsunami in Thailand in 2004 on Boxing Day.

The 42-year-old, from Lee-on-the-Solent, used to work at the school, in St Anne’s Grove, Fareham, when it was called Neville Lovett Community School.

Heather was on holiday with her family when she was swept away on Yanui beach on Phuket, Thailand.

Through her role as lady captain, Freda arranged a number of charity events throughout last year at the club and raised £3,500. The club held raffles, soup kitchens, fundraising days, plus more.

Freda, 73, said: ‘I was very pleased with the total.’

A stained-glass window was put in at the school in 2006 in Heather’s memory and Freda visited the school to present the cheque to pupils and teachers in front of the window.

Freda said: ‘Heather would have been very pleased. It was very nice to see the window. I expect that it will be there for a long time to come. However, she always lives on in our hearts.’

Alex Lowe, deputy headteacher, thanked Freda and the club for their efforts.

She said: ‘We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of money raised for the school by Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club and we would like to thank them for their fantastic effort over the past year.

‘We will be using the money to support a special needs and hearing impaired area in our new library.’

Freda, from Lee-on-the-Solent, said she plans to go back to the school to open the area once it is finished.