GOLF aficionados turned chefs for an inventive fundraiser to bring Lyme Regis Golf Club captain Lee Caddy’s charity year to a successful conclusion.
Lee, the first local-born golfer to hold the position since Lindley Baker in 1986, raised a massive £15,000 for the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, which supports cancer patients in Dorset and is building a £1.7 million cancer centre at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.
Also the first person to captain both Lyme Regis Football Club and Lyme Regis Golf Club, two of the town’s most high profile sporting organisations, Lee and his partner Lynnette Ravenscroft, organised a number of events during his year as captain which coincided with the club’s 125th anniversary.
One of the final fundraisers saw members and friends enjoying a sausage and mash supper before professional toastmaster Cliff Powley conducted an auction with a difference.
A dozen friends of Lee and Lynnette doned a chef’s hat and presented dishes they had prepared for auction and with each one came another food related prize donated by local restaurants and hotels. The homemade dishes ranged from a steak and kidney pie to an Italian cheesecake.
The top chef of the evening was judged by how much their lots fetched with the winner being Romy Parker-Sales.
Lee thanked all those who had supported the evening and all the other events they had staged during the year.
He said it had been a “huge privilege” to have held the position of captain and it was a year he and Lynnette would never forget.
He also thanked the lady captain Susan Moore for selecting the same charity for her year in office. Lee paid a special tribute to Lynnette for her “magnificent support” throughout his term of office.
Lee’s fundraising will finish with one more event – a Ladies’ Night with fun bingo at the golf club on Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm.