Golfers who took part in the tournament

Golf day raises thousands for charity

Golfers raised thousands of pounds at a tee-riffic tournament in aid of East Kent Hospitals Charity.

The pro-am tournament at Canterbury Golf Club was organised by WW Martin, who have chosen the charity to support this year.

Teams included industry colleagues and staff members, and a raffle and auction raised further funds. The money will be used to support the special care baby unit (SCBU) at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital in Margate.

The firm chose to support East Kent Hospitals Charity this year after working closely with the Trust, including on the refurbishment of the emergency department at QEQM.

WW Martin director Mike Darling said: “We have seen first-hand the amazing work that is being undertaken by the Trust and we see this as a fitting way to continue our work together.

“We were delighted to welcome Tracey Twyman, neonatal matron, to the event to speak to us about the incredible work the SCBU does. It was heart-warming to find out a little more about how the money we collectively raised will help support parents, babies and staff within the department.

“Thank you to everyone who helped make the golf day such a success.”

The winning team was DDS Group, with Clean Slate Demolition in second and Fairhurst in third. Top-placed pro was Harry Bigham from Sunningdale Golf Club, second place Aaron Galbraith from Canterbury Golf Club and equal third place James Ablett from Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club and Ryan Moody from Waterlooville Golf Club.

The firm also held a go-karting race night at Buckmore Park Karting, which added another £4,000 to their total.

Dee Neligan, head of charity at East Kent Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so grateful to WW Martin and everyone who attended or sponsored the golf day and their other events for their incredible support.

“The money raised will help us work to improve the experience of patients, families and staff in our hospitals.”