Golfers donate £6k to help people with autism

Millbrook Golf Club cheque presentation to Autism Beds, from left Gary Beattie, Former Captain, Millbrook Golf Club. Middle: Lainey Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Autism Bedfordshire. Right: Julie Hoare, Deputy Manager, Autism Bedfordshire.

Millbrook Golf Club cheque presentation to Autism Beds, from left Gary Beattie, Former Captain, Millbrook Golf Club. Middle: Lainey Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Autism Bedfordshire. Right: Julie Hoare, Deputy Manager, Autism Bedfordshire.

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A donation of more than £6,000 has been made by Millbrook Golf Club to Autism Bedfordshire.

Gary Beattie, former club captain presented the charity with a cheque for £6,094.12, raised through a captain’s charity golf day, an auction and a collection, and made the donation to their chosen cause of the year.

He is pictured presenting the cheque to the charity’s Lainey Miller, chair of the board of trustees and Julie Hoare, deputy manager.

Gill Christmas, acting senior manager of Autism Bedfordshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Gary Beattie chose to support Autism Bedfordshire during his year as captain of Millbrook Golf Club. To have raised over £6,000 is an amazing achievement and we are extremely grateful to all the club members and staff who contributed so generously to the fundraising activities. We are a charity funded entirely by grants and donations and without the support of individuals and organisations such as Millbrook, we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital support and services that we do today.”

Mr Beattie said: “I selected Autism Bedfordshire as the club’s charity of the year as they are a local charity, recommended to me by one of our members. We have enjoyed working with them to raise awareness of autism among staff and members at the club and also to help to raise funds for a fantastic cause.”

Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that provides information, advice and support to individuals with autistic Spectrum conditions, their parents/carers, families and associated professionals throughout the county. It is estimated that around 700,000 people may have autism - or more than 1 in 100 in the population. In Bedfordshire this would equate to over 6,100 people with the condition.