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Full-throttle golfers support Freewheelers

14:31 28 August 2014

Time for Tee-Budleigh Salterton Lions presdient Geoff Paver sits on one of the Devon Freewheelrs bikes at the Lion

Time for Tee-Budleigh Salterton Lions presdient Geoff Paver sits on one of the Devon Freewheelrs bikes at the Lion's charity golf day. The Freewheelers were the charity to benefit from the day and group members, Lions, participants and Tony Rooke from Palmers Funeral Service who supported the event are pictured with Geoff. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 2983-34-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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A charity golf day in Budleigh Salterton has again proved to be a great success, raising much-needed money for an essential cause.

The annual event is organised by Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, and held at the town’s East Devon Golf Club.

This year’s event attracted 23 teams of four golfers each, who took part in an 18-hole contest on the spectacular course.

When all was said and done on the greens, it was a brand new team who emerged as the victors – Stover, which consisted of team members M Copperwhite, R Wheeler, P McGlinchey and R Batten.

After the golf was over, there was still a meal for the teams to enjoy, and also a well-received fundraising raffle and auction.

Over the years, the event has raised money for a wide variety of good causes, and this year it was the turn of the Devon Freewheelers, a charity motorcycle courier service which supports the NHS, although it does not receive any government funding.

Lions club president Geoff Paver said: “The golfers had an excellent day, and they were very supportive of the raffle and auction.”

Geoff explained that East Devon Lions clubs have a long association with the Devon Freewheelers, having funded one of the charity’s first-ever bikes.

Having started to offer its service in 2009, the charity now has 65 volunteers, and has just taken delivery of its 20th motorcycle.

He added: “They are there when the NHS isn’t, and they work nights carrying deliveries.

“They get no funding whatsoever. It’s all voluntary, and they have to raise quite a lot of money every year to keep going.”

A spokesman for the Devon Freewheelers said: “Because the charity is completely unfunded, we rely totally on donations from the public.

“Lions clubs support Devon Freewheelers a lot, and we are always appreciative of their ongoing support.”

The final total this year’s event raised for the Freewheelers is still to be calculated, but previous years’ events have raised thousands of pounds for causes, such as the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and the North and East Devon Prostate Support Association.

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