Author: Bob Warwick
The ladies of Wirral based Bidston Golf Club have run a golf competition plus raffle and raised the magnificent sum of £400.00 for their local lifeboat station at New Brighton.
The idea came from long standing member of the golf club, Mrs Irene McKenzie, in recognition of her appointment as an Honorary Life Member and also a chance for her to say thanks once again to the RNLI for saving the life of her son many years ago.
Mrs McKenzie has had a exemplary golfing career over 40 years being Bidston Ladies Captain in 1985 and Captain of the West Cheshire Lady Captain Society in 2006. This is also appropriate as its the golf clubs Centenary year and RNLI New Brighton’s 150th Anniversary.
When Mrs McKenzie, who also sponsored the competition prizes of engraved glasses, was asked about why she chose the RNLI she responded ‘My husband was a chief engineer in Cunard for many years, how could there be any other charity’
Current Lady Captain Mrs Ann Bennoch said ‘Irene has been a great asset to our society and we were delighted to run a charity golf competition in support of such a worthy charity. The Ladies Section of the golf club is an active and friendly group with 42 members and always willing to welcome prospective members.’
A luncheon followed by a presentation of the competition awards and raffle was held at the golf club and attended by RNLI New Brighton crew member James Davies who received the cheque from Mrs Bennoch and Mrs McKenzie and in turn presented them with a photograph of New Brighton’s Atlantic 85 and hovercraft.
Graham Sale, Lifeboat Operation Manager at New Brighton commented ‘A big thank you to the Bidston lady golfers we really appreciate your support. As a charity, without the help of the local community we could not equip and train our crews to carry out our lifesaving work’.