Charity day honours teenager’s memory and raises vital funds

GOLFERS swung their clubs and raised funds in memory of a Felpham teenager.

The players, who took part in the second Daniel Hoare Charity Fun Day at Bognor Regis Golf Club on Sunday, have raised £3,450 for the British Heart Foundation.

The event was staged to honour the life of keen golfer Daniel, who died from a heart condition aged 18 .

Daniel’s father, Don Hoare, said: “The event went extremely well. Last year about £3,000 was raised for the British Heart Foundation, and this year they have absolutely smashed that and raised around £3,400.

“For myself and Daniel’s mother it is pleasing to see something so positive come out of such a terrible event.

“Daniel had been a member at the club since he was eight years old and I am grateful to them for putting on the event. There was a real emphasis on fun, which is really what Daniel was all about.”

Mr Hoare said he was pleased the charity event looked set to become a regular fixture each year.

The day saw some 112 players take to the course in a bid to raise funds.

Fitness and entertainment veteran Ted Pollard, who is almost 72, started the event by warming up with some martial arts and then teeing-off while doing the splits.

The players, who were split into teams of four, battled it out over the 18 holes.

First place went to Pars Are Us (James Craig, Phil Hawks, Matt Nelmes and Phil Lee), who scored 124 points.

Last year’s winners, The Dream Team (Jake Stoneham, George Bingham, Scott Bingham and Jack Taylor) came in second with 123 points.

Third place was taken by the Par-tee Animals (Ian Stoneham, Sara Stoneham, Vic Vincent and Nicki Vincent) with 122 points

There was also a raffle and auction which contributed heavily to the final total.

Some 150 people also attended the club in the evening, where there was live music and entertainment.

James Maclean, the club co-ordinator at the golf club, said: “It was a fantastic day in honour of Daniel.

“Daniel was a junior vice captain here and a keen golfer and well liked, and I think that was shown by how much of a success the day was.”

He thanked those who took part, donated prizes and sponsored holes was given.