Magpas Dr Brendan Foster, pictured above, with critical care paramedic Alex Pearce (left to right)
A golf club has raised much-needed funds for Magpas Air Ambulance at a time where income has fallen but need for its service remains.
Members of Bourn Golf Club, situated in Bourn, Cambridgeshire, were set several challenges to complete throughout the year. These have included a ladies day bake-off, a captain vs vice captain showdown and the ‘chipping challenge’ where those who took part attempted to chip 10 golf balls into a target.
Members were encouraged to donate £1 for every shot that landed in the bunkers.
The fundraising team consisted of ladies captain Debbie Witherow, mens captain John Taylor and seniors captain Dennis Rait. In total, the team raised £8,076.
Debbie explained: “We chose Magpas Air Ambulance as our 2020 Captains’ Charity as we wanted to support something local and, once we had visited their base in Wyton, we knew that every penny raised would be put to good use.
“The members of Bourn Golf Club have risen to every challenge we’ve set and their generosity has overwhelmed us.”
Magpas Air Ambulance is a medical charity that provides pre-hospital emergency care to patients in the air or on land.
The charity operates 24/7 from its base in Cambridgeshire and cares for a population of over 10 million across the East of England. Magpas is not a state-funded service and the charity relies solely on public donations to continue its mission.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “The team at Magpas Air Ambulance has been impressed with the success of the fundraising by all those at the Bourn Golf and Country Club.
“Everybody has worked incredibly hard to change planned activities into virtual events and this has been very well supported.
“The need for our service has been consistent whilst our income has fallen.
“People in our communities are still suffering from cardiac arrest, medical emergencies, road traffic collisions, and falls from height to name but a few. We are humbled and very grateful for the difference you have made at this time.”
Bourn Golf Club, which is currently undergoing renovations to its main golf club site – including a wellness centre with swimming pool facilities and restaurant – is closed per government guidelines but expected to reopen on December 3.
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