Golfers tee off for Devon’s air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 18:30 10 December 2014

Tim Hoad from the Devon Air Ambulance receives a cheque from captain Ron Graham

Tim Hoad from the Devon Air Ambulance receives a cheque from captain Ron Graham

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More than £3,000 has been raised for the charity

Members from Honiton Golf Club have shown they have the perfect drive after raising more than £3,500 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

The charity, which provides emergency medical services through the provision of two helicopter air ambulances, was chosen as the club’s beneficiary throughout 2014.

DAAT also relies solely on donations to keep operating.

Ron Graham, captain of the men’s side, said he decided to pick the charity as it is one that is close to his heart.

“As captain of the golf club, you always have to support a charity,” the former aviation engineer said.

“We have actually had the air ambulance come to Honiton Golf Club twice before.

“I carried out a lot of research before choosing DAAT, and I know that it needs as many donations as it can get.”

Ron did not plan any huge fundraisers for the charity – instead members donated to a collection jar at the club.

He and his wife, Anne-Marie, also put on various auctions and small events to bolster the total.

In all, Ron managed to raise £3,550 for DAAT.

“I did not expect to raise that much money, but I am chuffed,” the 73-year-old said. “I thought we might break the £3,000 mark because people have been very generous.”

Stewart Slater, who will take on the captaincy from Ron in the near future, has chosen Honiton-based military charity The Baton as the club’s beneficiary for 2015.


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