Golfers’ support for Emily’s fund

Mathew Watkins and 'Shovy' hand over Buckingham Ham Egg and Chips Golf Society's �3,900 cheque for the Emily Styles Memorial Fund
Mathew Watkins and 'Shovy' hand over Buckingham Ham Egg and Chips Golf Society's �3,900 cheque for the Emily Styles Memorial Fund

Members of the Buckingham’s HEC Golf Society have made a major donation to The Emily Styles Memorial Fund, following two fundraising events in the months leading up to the second anniversary of Emily’s death.

Emily, aged 19, died suddenly from meningitis on New Year’s Day 2014.

The fund has been set up by her mum, Julia, to support Meningitis Now in Emily’s name and raise awareness and understanding of the disease.

The memorial fund will also support other causes close to Emily’s heart. Future projects include tree planting in the grounds of Furze Down School in Winslow, where Emily volunteered for three years and where her passion for working with special needs children developed.

The golf society raised more than £3,900 from a duck race and a charity golf day at Silverstone Golf Club.

Julia said: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of so many people in my local community.

“Mathew Watkins, a family friend, drove the golf society’s fundraising last autumn and we are so immensely grateful for their support.”

More than £12,000 has been raised for the Emily Styles Memorial Fund so far.

Emily’s friend Jess Richardson held a bake sale in Brackley Market, raising over £250, and friends and family contributed money to the fund instead of spending it on Christmas cards and stamps.

Colleagues at Tesco, where Emily worked part time for three years, raised £50 in their ‘blue token’ collection in September. And on New Year’s Eve, colleagues and friends dressed in Emily’s favourite colour for a Wear It Purple Day, to remember her on the anniversary of her collapse.

Sainsbury Local in Buckingham has adopted Meningitis Now as its chosen charity for the year, after Julia put in a bid and won the support of the local community in June.

Julia thanked friends, acquaintances and the wider community for their support.

Julia said: “In the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day, The Queen said: ‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.’ The grief of losing a daughter is the most profound darkness that you could never begin to imagine but every word of support and fundraising effort is like lighting a candle to illuminate that darkness.”