Golf club raises £40k for charity of the year to help prevent...

Golf club raises £40k for charity of the year to help prevent youth homelessness


St Basils youth homelessness charity were presented a cheque for £40,000 from Edgbaston Golf Club, following a successful two year partnership.

St Basils, which takes its name from the small church hall it was first launched from in 1972 in Digbeth, Birmingham, has since become the largest youth homelessness charity in the West Midlands, supporting over 5,000 16-25 year olds each year with a range of prevention, accommodation, support, employability and engagement services.

An Edgbaston Golf Club spokesperson said: “Outgoing Edgbaston Golf Club Captains, Jim Jeffries and Janet Vakil, are delighted with the success of their two year’s association with St Basils. A Birmingham based Charity that works with young people to enable them to find and keep a home, grow their confidence, develop their skills and prevent homelessness. Fundraising activity, for Edgbaston’s Captains’ Charity, included three sponsored walks: one in Spain and nearer to home at Ross-on-Wye and Cannock; and also a number of on-line auctions, raffles and contributions from Captains’ days, Invitation days and other golfing events. All of which were wonderfully well supported by the Edgbaston Membership and by friends of the Members.”

Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils said: “We can’t thank the team at Edgbaston Golf club enough for their amazing support during this partnership.  Their commitment to our cause has been outstanding. The money raised by the club is an investment, not just in the young people we support, but in the future of our region and the place we call home.  On behalf of all the young people we support at St Basils, thank you.”

St Basils Business and Communities Executive for Birmingham Sian Dhillon said: “We’re really lucky to enjoy support from a number of local businesses in Birmingham who form partnerships with us as their chosen charity. Edgbaston Golf Club have gone above and beyond in terms of their dedication to the cause and we’ve been absolutely staggered by the generosity shown and by the amount they’ve managed to raise to help vulnerable young people across Birmingham.”

St Basils are always on the look-out for further business partners across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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