Each year the three captains (Club Captain, Ladies Captain and Vets Captain) agree which charitable cause(s) will be supported with fundraising activities throughout their term of office.
AGC Captain’s Charity 2020 – Winchester Hospice, opening in 2020, with your support
“Based on the very successful hospice model in Andover, The Countess of Brecknock, our plan is for a 10 bed inpatient unit with ensuite facilities, which will feel more like a home than a hospital. Here, our patients and their families can continue to enjoy special moments together whilst being looked after by our specialist team.”
With your help, Winchester Hospice will also be able to provide a number of end of life care services at the hospice and in the community:
- Our ‘Hospice at Home’ service will expand to run overnight in the community to support patients in their own home when they are in their last few weeks of life.
- Hospice day services will be available for outpatients, who will be supported by specialist doctors, nurses and therapists without the need to be admitted to hospital or the hospice.
- Winchester Hospice will also have access to Hampshire Hospitals’ Home Care Support Team, who will prove care at home for patients at the end of their life.
With no hospice currently situated in the city, patients and their families can often spend a long time travelling from their homes to receive care or visit a loved one. A local hospice in Winchester will reduce the amount of time spent travelling or feeling a long way from home, so that families can enjoy special moments together.
AGC Captain’s Charity 2019 – The UK Sepsis Trust Just Ask: Could It Be Sepsis?
The UK Sepsis Trust was founded in 2012 by world-leading sepsis expert, NHS consultant Dr Ron Daniels BEM.
Our goal is to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors. We believe that earlier diagnosis and treatment across the UK would save at least 14,000 lives a year.
Our critical expertise is based on the charity’s grassroots origins: our doctors and nurses have front line experience of sepsis and their passion is born of a uniquely comprehensive understanding of what needs to be done.
The urgent need to improve sepsis care in the UK drives us forward as we continue to work in hospitals, while advancing the sepsis agenda.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Sepsis can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children.
How to spot sepsis in adults
Seek medical help urgently if you (or another adult) develop any of these signs:
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine (in a day)
- Severe breathlessness
- It feels like you’re going to die
- Skin mottled or discoloured
AGC Captain’s Charity 2018 – Transplant Sport Actively Promoting Organ Donation
Transplant Sport is the largest national charity promoting active recovery for transplant recipients and increasing awareness of the benefits of organ donation.
Transplant Sport aims to:
- Raise awareness of the need for organ donation
- Encourage transplant recipients to lead active lifestyles, and
- Show appreciation for and remember donors and their families.
Transplant Sport organises sport and social events for members to connect with others who have had a transplant. Members are encouraged to get fit and active whilst celebrating their return to health.
Post-transplant fitness is essential for a healthy future. Their events help members to engage in sport and social activity whilst promoting the donor register. Members get to enjoy the gift of life they have received and share experiences with each other.
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AGC Captains’ Charity 2017 – Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK is the UK’s largest men’s health charity
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Our staff, Trustees, Patrons, Ambassadors and Volunteers all work towards one goal: ensuring we put men at the centre of everything we do.
What we do:
- campaign to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life
- support men by providing vital information
- find answers by funding research into causes and treatments
- lead change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care
This charity is supported by all our captains, for every man diagnosed with prostate cancer there is usually a wife or partner for whom that diagnosis will mean a life changed for ever. Please contribute with your usual enthusiasm during this golfing year.
AGC Captains’ Charity 2016 – Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Research UK firmly believes in the power of research to create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK is dedicated to funding the best quality science and the most ambitious ideas that will take us closer to defeating dementia.
“Since we funded our first research project in 1998, our researchers have been making huge advances in understanding the diseases that cause dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Research UK scientists were among the first to use state-of-the-art stem cell techniques to study Alzheimer’s disease in the laboratory. This transformational technology is now changing how scientists across the world can study diseases like Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia. These discoveries inspired the launch of their Stem Cell Research Centre, which will now build on this progress to screen potential new dementia drugs.
AGC Captains’ Charity 2015 “Headway and Ian Voak”
This year’s choice puts into practice the old adage of “charity begins at home”. Three years ago, Ian Voak, an Alresford Golf Club member, had a serious accident resulting in a massive brain injury. Since then Ian’s recovery has been slow but positive. However, for the foreseeable future, Ian will be confined to a wheel chair and is unable to perform, on his own, many of the everyday activities we take for granted.
Headway, the brain injury association, is a national charity which provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. Regrettably, brain injury can hit any one of us, not just by a road accident, a fall or an assault, which are common causes, but through a stroke, a tumour, or meningitis and encephalitis.
As Ian’s recovery progresses, so his needs change and there are many practical items which could help him, like a motorised wheelchair, and a mobility chair. He enjoys using an iPad, and could benefit from one of his own, with some learning applications. He really is having to learn everything all over again.
This year’s captains’ charity will therefore be split between a fund for Ian, to help him purchase the special wheelchair or other equipment he needs, and Headway, in support of Ian, his family and other sufferers of brain injury.
Captains’ Charity 2014 – Parkinson’s UK
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s – tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement – to appear. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition. One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK.
Captains’ Charity 2013 – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance helicopter is based at Thruxton Airfield near Andover. Every day the Air Ambulance crew provide an efficient, prompt response to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses, and many other incidents throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Helicopter is called out many times per day, and these missions are often life saving.