Keen golfers from Hampshire and Dorset have helped raise nearly £20,000 for a heart charity in a single day.

Wessex Heartbeat’s annual golf day took place at Remedy Oak Golf Club last week (May 7) and raised an impressive £19,500. The popular event saw dozens of golfers pick up their clubs and enjoy 18 holes. Among them were several famous faces, including comedian Mike Osman, cricketer Shaun Udal and motoring legend Tiff Needell.

The winners of the Jim Monro Memorial Cup were Team Trimline, made up of Gary Oliver, Mike Oliver, Dave Fox and Chris Clarke. They were presented with the trophy by Jim Monro’s wife, Jane Monro and son, Andrew Monro.

Team Ronin took runners up and third place went to team John Taylor.

“It was a fantastic day and what a great way to raise money for a heart charity; by getting active and hitting the golf course.” - John Munro, CEO Wessex Heartbeat

Wessex Heartbeat is increasingly working on the preventative side of heart disease. It is running a range of projects to help improve the region’s heart health through exercise and healthy eating. It’s hoped that by giving people better cardiac health earlier in life, they will have less chance of developing heart disease at a later stage. 

“Those who took part in our charity golf day may not realise but they were contributing to their own heart health as well as helping us raise money to support those going through cardiac surgery.”

The Wessex Heartbeat golf day was supported by local businesses, including Patron Spirits International AG, which donated halfway hut refreshments and prizes. Hildon Water was official water partner, keeping players hydrated throughout the day.