Brendan Heaney with St Giles Hospice Group's chief executive Emma Hodges

A charity golf day in memory of a former chairman of the Lichfield Festival Association has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

Barrister John Harvey had been organising plans for the event with his friend Brendan Heaney before his death in a road accident in May.

Determined to honour his friend’s memory, Brendan went ahead with his plans for the golf competition – which raised £1,100 for leading local charity St Giles Hospice and £1,000 for the Stroke Association – and decided it should become an annual event.

Brendan Heaney with St Giles Hospice Group's chief executive Emma Hodges
Brendan Heaney with St Giles Hospice Group’s chief executive Emma Hodges

“I’ve done something for charity each year and I’d already organised this event before John passed away,” Brendan said. “The day before he died we’d got together to talk about his team.

“John was a very dear friend of mine and was very community-minded, so I decided that the event should take place each year to honour his memory and raise money for these two very worthy causes.”

Brendan visited St Giles Hospice in Whittington to present a cheque with the proceeds.

He said: “I’ve known several people who were cared for at St Giles Hospice before they died and I think the job the staff do is absolutely brilliant.

“I hadn’t been there for quite a while, and when I visited to hand over the cheque I was shown around and thought again that it was quite incredible.”

Emma Hodges, St Giles Hospice Group chief executive, received the cheque on behalf of the hospice.

“I’d like to thank Brendan and all the golfers who took part in the charity golf day,” she said.

“We are delighted that this is planned as an annual event which will honour the memory of John Harvey and continue to raise vital funds for the hospice.

“We rely on support from the local community to help us continue providing our specialist care for local people.”


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