A GROUP of local golfing enthusiasts recently handed over a cheque for the sum £3,500 to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of one of their friends and fellow golfers.
Mike Thomson, died suddenly from Cardio Myopathy, at the end of December last year, a condition for which there is no cure at present.
Mike’s friend Jim Ingram and his playing partners, who regularly raise funds for good causes, decided to approach Mike’s family to see if they could raise funds for research into Mike’s condition.
Jim Ingram, organiser of the charity golfing event said: “For a good number of years our annual event has raised money for deserving causes but this year was more poignant given the sudden death of Mike, one of our Friday Night Gang. We felt we needed to recognise him and in a tangible way, so given that Mike played at both Inverurie and Kintore we thought it appropriate to invite some teams from Kintore to the event. It was an emotionally charged day, even more so when the news filtered through that Mike’s wife and daughters, who planned to join the golfers for supper, had a more pressing engagement. Mikes daughter Vicky went into labour on the day of the golf, and gave birth to daughter, Layla, some two-and-half weeks early.”
Explaining how the money would be used, Vicky said: “Through speaking with medical people, we were made aware of a current fundraising appeal entitled ‘Mending Broken Hearts’, being run by The British Heart Foundation. At the moment there is no cure for a damaged heart but the BHF believes that their five year, £50M appeal for an intensive research programme offers real hope that a cure can be found. We wanted the money to stay fairly local and we believe this will happen. Having missed out on the day of the golf, it’s been good to come and thank some of the guys personally for their efforts.”
British Heart Foundation Scotland Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Kathy McIlwain, accepted a cheque from the golfers via the Thomson family and said: “It’s a fabulous amount to raise and in our 50th year we are having this Mending Broken Hearts Appeal where our vision is to end heart disease so it is no longer the biggest single cause of premature death. We do this through research, quality care and information giving and BHF have just taken over the ‘No Smoking Day’ event.
“We appreciate that there is a desire to see this money used locally so I expect it to be used within the Grampian area. If others want to help with this appeal I would be happy to provide fundraising materials and can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org