A corporate golf day in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man has raised £8,100.
Named the Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day in tribute to the well-respected local business figure and former vice-chairman of the charity, the fully subscribed event was held at Peel Golf Club and sponsored for the sixth year in succession by Celton Manx.
Cruse Bereavement’s Sam Skelton said: ’Such was the deep affection in which Mike was held that the maximum 22 teams signed up. Mike would, I’m, sure, have been touched by the generosity of all those involved in the event, an occasion which give us an opportunity to keep his memory alive.’
The golf day is noted for raising substantial funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, a charity facing increasing demands for its services, as Mr Skelton explained: ‘Adult referrals are 18 per cent up and child referrals 26 per cent up over last year, so without support from the public and our sponsor we would be struggling even more. I’m therefore delighted that Celton Manx has generously agreed to sponsor next year’s event.’
Also offering his thanks to Celton Manx was patron Geoff Karran who said 2018 would mark the 30th anniversary of the charity, which needed to find new premises and expand its training programme to cope with the increased demand for its services. In closing he referred to the ‘tremendous work’ Mike Henthorn had devoted to the organisation.
Ahead of the prize presentation guests heard Steve McGowan, chairman of SMP Partners Group, offer a few examples of his late friend Mike Henthorn’s unstoppable sense of humour, his hapless attempts at gambling in Las Vegas and doubts about his wife Janet’s culinary skills.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Mike Henthorn will be deeply missed but never forgotten, such was his stature as a respected businessman, raconteur, friend and ardent supporter of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man.
‘As government seeks to balance its budgets it is recognising all the more the valuable contribution made by third-sector organisations such as Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man which have the capability, insight and expertise to deliver services smarter and more cost-effectively. These charities, though, are facing increasing challenges, and having to cope with a changing funding environment while responding to growing demand.
‘I am therefore delighted that so many members of the local business community took time out from their busy schedules to support this event and that sponsorship from Celton Manx, which we shall continue for 2018, is helping to lend greater visibility to a charity doing so much to support adults and children at a time of loss.’
Paul Cairns of Celton Manx, second right, is pictured with Janet Henthorn and Cruse Bereavement’s Sam Skelton, third from right, together with overall winning team members Michael Charmer, Mark Reynolds, Steve McGowan and Frankie Doherty. Photo Bill Dale