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Upminster golfer raises thousands for children’s charity First Step

PUBLISHED: 15:55 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:53 10 April 2017

Golf Captain of the Top Meadow Golf Club Martin Pedrick who has raised almost £5000 for  the First Step Charity

Golf Captain of the Top Meadow Golf Club Martin Pedrick who has raised almost £5000 for the First Step Charity

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A keen golfer hit a hole-in-one after dedicating the past year to raising thousands of pounds for a worthwhile cause.

After Martin Pedrick, 57, of Brookdale Avenue, Upminster, was named the new captain at Top Meadow Golf Club in North Ockendon, it is his duty to choose a charity to support for the next 12 months.

Despite the initial conundrum of which cause to choose, his problem was solved with a little help from a friend.

He said: “It was difficult, because there are so many charities that do a lot of good but I knew I wanted to get involved with something that helps children as that’s quite close to my heart.

“My friend is the treasurer at First Step so suggested that I could raise money for them but it wasn’t until I was invited to take a look at what they do for myself, did I make my mind up.”

First Step, Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, which supports families and their children who have special needs and disabilities, has been up and running for almost 30 years and has become a place where parents can talk, share experiences and provide support for one another as well as the children.

It now works with more than 100 families offering education services, support, information and encouragement.

Martin said: “I could just tell from walking around that they do amazing work and help a lot of people.

“I knew the money I was going to raise would actually help, especially as it’s a small local charity.”

From golf tournaments and raffles, to dinners and balls, Martin has managed to make £4,800 for First Step during his time as captain.

He said: “I feel I have made a difference and am very proud of the amount I have raised in just a year.

“It’s a short time to make that kind of money and I’m happy I chose First Step to benefit from it.”

Chief executive Mark Halls said: “We are very grateful to Martin and his supporters at Top Meadow Golf Club for their generosity and support. Martin has been tireless in his fundraising efforts during his year as captain and we all thank him for his commitment and generosity”.


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