Robert Winsor handed over a mini-bus.

20-08-2013
Robert Winsor's charity golf team yesterday brought a ray of sunshine, happiness and hope to Majorca when he presented 12 special wheelchairs and a converted sunshine coach to handicapped children, the fruits of this year's celebrity charity golf tournament held at Bendinat golf club. This year was Winsor's third consecutive tournament, organised by Malcolm Andrews, in Majorca. With the help of a host of top British international celebrities, it raised 14.6 million ptas, bringing the grand total of money raised for handicapped children in the Balearics over the past three years to an amazing 35 million ptas. At yesterday's presentation, at the Balearic centre for children with cerebral palsy, Aspace, near Palma, 12 children received specially built wheelchairs. Winsor announced that half a million pesetas has also been spent on providing the Association of Mothers with Handicapped Children with a fully-fitted kitchen and laundry with all the equipment. It was mooted that there is still enough money left from this year's event to provide a fully equipped gymnasium for Aspace. The highlight of yesterday's event, however, was the presentation of a fully equipped 16-seater coach for handicapped children. The keys for the 7'250'000 peseta vehicle, which has room for nine children and two helpers, were handed over to Calvia Council which has agreed to operate the coach, provide the driver and cover operational costs. Winsor this year decided to provide handicapped children in Majorca with a special coach because of the distress the children suffer when taken to Aspace and other centres by taxi or private vehicle. While many of the children are so severely handicapped they have to remain in their specially designed wheelchairs, being removed and placed in to the back of cars, etc, causes a great deal of distress and discomfort for the children. Now, however, with the power lift at the back of the charity golf coach, the children can be lifted in to the back with the minimum of discomfort. Calvia Councillor Jaqueline Moss and head of the social service department were on hand to receive the keys and Moss said that the work done by Winsor, his sponsors and golfers is “simply wonderful,” adding that the coach has been desperately needed for a long time. A special wheelchair is also being sent to The Albrington Trust in England and one of the handicapped children was presented with a power lift for the bath. Through the tears of the children's mothers and the huge smiles of their kids, the Aspace centre could not thank Winsor and the golfers enough. Aspace is a non-profit making foundation where volunteers help parents with handicapped children look after their kids.

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