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Golf Day Proves Huge Charity Success

Bristol City’s Golf Day in aid of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has raised more than £10,000 for the local charity.

Current players and legends joined supporters and corporate guests at Henbury Golf Club on Wednesday for the event, aimed at boosting funds for CHSW. 

Through money raised from entrance fees, the raffle and auction lots, plus a host of other fundraising opportunities on the day, the tally crept above £10,000, taking the overall figure City has raised for the Hospice in 2015/16 to a whopping £40,000. 

The winners were ‘Cool Hand Luke’, including City pair Luke Freeman and Luke Ayling alongside Graham Hewlett and Matt Jones. The runners-up were Select Slayers, a team that included City goalkeeper and Hospice ambassador Frank Fielding. 

Former City player and manager Russell Osman took the closest to the pin challenge by shooting a hole in one – which he later revealed was his third-ever ace. Other ex-players to take part included Scott Murray, Alex Russell, Tommy Doherty and Danny Coles. 

Lee De Luis proved to be Mr Muscles by taking the longest drive crown, and he also helped boost funds by splashing out £1,000 for a framed combo of signed Pele and Maradona shirts. 

All in all the day was a tremendous success, with plenty of money raised for charity, beautiful weather and mostly good golf! 

Olly Slym, CHSW community fundraiser, said: “It was a fantastic day and has once again raised vital funds for as well as boosting awareness of CHSW. We are very grateful for our partnership with Bristol City FC and to have achieved in excess of £40,000 by this stage of the season is a fantastic achievement by everyone who has played a part.” 

CHSW is currently celebrating 25 years since being founded by Eddie Farwell MBE and his late wife, Jill. There are three hospices in the South West, including Charlton Farm just a short drive from the club’s Failand training ground. 

All three hospices – which cost £8m to run each year - help and support local children and their families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, which means that sadly they will not reach adulthood. CHSW is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care. 

For more information visit chsw.org.uk.

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