Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Golfers hit £3,000 for air ambulance

Photo: L-R, West Chiltington Golf Club Mens Captain John Stevens, Air Ambulance Paramedic Alan Cowley, Dr Tom Breen and Ladies Captain Jane White

Golfers at West Chiltington Golf Club have raised more than £3,000 for lifesaving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Mens and Ladies Captains held a number of events at the 18-hole course including a 24-hour golf challenge, a black tie dinner and dance, and an auction.

There was also a raffle with prizes including a golf hat signed by 30 Pro-Am players and celebrities such as Rory Mcllroy, Ernie Els, Tim Henman and Ian Botham.

In total, they raised a massive £3,202 for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations. Each callout costs about £2,500 so the substantial sum raised could effectively help save a life.

Mens Captain John Stevens and Ladies Captain Jane White presented their cheque to the doctor and paramedic at the helicopter base last week.

John said: "The air ambulance is a real necessity and certainly gives a far better chance of survival and full recovery to anyone unfortunate enough to have a serious accident.”

Jane added: "It's a great charity that any one of us could be in need of as we go about our lives, not that we want it to.”

Just an hour after their visit, a man was flown to hospital after accidentally being struck on the head with a golf club in Hoo.

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