A corporate golf day in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man has raised £8,500.
Held at Peel Golf Club the event was sponsored for the fifth year in succession by Celton Manx and renamed The Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day in recognition of the late Mike Henthorn, a well respected and leading figure in the local business community, and a long-standing supporter and former vice-chairman of the charity.
Cruse Bereavement’s Sam Skelton said: ‘It’s testament to the affection in which Mike was held that the event this year attracted a record 22 teams. He was a larger-than-life character and the instigator of the golf day. His memory lives on, though, with his son Mark working part-time for Cruse and his widow, Janet, presenting the prizes on the day.
‘The success of the golf day and the fantastic sum raised are also down to the generous support of Celton Manx. We’re extremely grateful for their sponsorship over the years, which has done so much to raise our profile.’
The charity’s patron, Geoff Karran, also thanked Celton Manx for their support and said he used to play golf with Mike Henthorn at Castletown. He spoke fondly of his late golfing partner’s ‘vast library of jokes and limericks’ and said: ‘Mike was the perfect “front man” for Cruse Bereavement Care. He was, quite simply, a legend in his lifetime’
Ahead of joining Janet Henthorn to present the prizes Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Mike Henthorn was a towering figure in business, a wonderful raconteur and a driving force at Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man. He will be greatly missed.
‘I am delighted that this charity, which is making great strides in changing attitudes towards bereavement and offering practical and emotional support to people at a time of loss, is benefiting from Celton Manx sponsorship.
‘Never before have smaller charities been so vital in helping to transform people’s lives and safeguard the vulnerable. Government is struggling to balance its budgets, which are severely under pressure, so the third sector’s contribution to the wellbeing of the community is crucial. Charities like Cruse are closer to the people they serve, understand them more and can do things smarter, better and cheaper.
‘Usually it’s the practice of Celton Manx to offer a charity support for a maximum of five years. We are, however, making an exception in this case and I am pleased to confirm our sponsorship of the Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day for 2017.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, second from right, is pictured with Janet Henthorn, together with Nick Corlett and Tom Dowling from the winning team (team members Paul Cowell and Richard Hill unavailable for photo), and Cruse Bereavement’s Sam Skelton. Picture Bill Dale