The 2018 Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day has raised £7,500.
Held at Peel Golf Club and sponsored for the seventh year in succession by Celton Manx, the fully subscribed event was renamed in 2017 as a tribute to the late and much respected local businessman Mike Henthorn, a former vice-chairman of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man.
22 teams entered the event which saw Bronwen and Roger Raatgever with Maryann and Richard Dunn take first place with 52.5 points.
Ahead of the prize presentations Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man chairman Sam Skelton said that the ‘tremendous support’ the event enjoyed was a fitting tribute to Mike Henthorn who had been such a driving force behind the charity and the golf day. He continued: ‘We are enormously grateful to the long-standing sponsorship from Celton Manx. 2018 is the eighth year we have been running the event and in that time we have raised around £50,000.
‘2018 is also the 30th anniversary of Cruse in the Isle of Man. Over these past 30 years the charity has grown and recruited many more volunteers. We have now reached a new and exciting phase in our history as we are looking to swell our volunteer numbers further, expand our range of services and, hopefully, relocate to larger offices. All of which is down to the loyalty, support and generosity of the Manx community.’
Celton Manx head of business development Mike Stanton said: ‘It’s extremely encouraging to see so many familiar faces each year at the golf day, which has become firmly established in the island’s business calendar. This is clearly not only a vote of confidence in Cruse Bereavement Care but also demonstrates the high esteem in which Mike Henthorn is held.’
Chief operating officer Amanda Cafearo extended her thanks to Celton Manx for its continued support and went on to speak of ‘the journey’ Cruse Bereavement Care had travelled over three decades. She explained that since 1988 the charity had helped more than 3000 adults and 700 children to manage ‘the complexities of grief’. She continued: ‘Our vision for the future is to be able to respond to the inevitable increase in referrals by expanding our range of bespoke services and to continue making a difference to those suffering from loss. To this end the Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day will remain crucial to that vision.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘The memory of Mike Henthorn lives on, such was his standing in the island’s business community and his tireless commitment to Cruse Bereavement Care.
‘It is encouraging to see that in a challenging economic climate when corporate organisations are having to review their charitable giving priorities this golf day continues to garner such a loyal following.
‘As government continues to work with the third sector to deliver more care services, Cruse Bereavement Care is responding with agility and innovation, drawing on its insight and expertise to provide invaluable support to adults and children at the most distressing time in their lives. Celton Manx is therefore pleased to continue its support and will be sponsoring the 2019 Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day.’
Pictured, left to right: Richard and Maryann Dunn, Celton Manx head of business development Mike Stanton, Janet Henthorn, Mike Henthorn’s widow, Bronwen and Roger Raatgever, Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man’s chief operating officer Amanda Cafearo, chairman Sam Skelton and treasurer Richard Hetherington. (Photo Matt Mosur)