Jim Donald, Chair of Wiltshire Mind (seen above with his wife Michele) was hoping to run a charity golf day at his local golf club this year in the way he has done in previous years. But with the pandemic restricting the ability to play a team event, he struck upon a new idea – a personal Golf Marathon.
With an ambitious target of playing 100 holes of golf in one day, Jim set out on Thursday 27th May with only one goal – a determination to succeed and not let Covid-19 stop him from raising much needed funds for his beloved charity in 2021. Ashford Homes who sponsored the event before, offered to support the event again, and Kingsdown Golf Club waived all green fees for the day.
With temperatures up in the 20’s and the sun beating down all day, Jim set out at first light to play the first round of the day. By 9.30pm that evening, he had played 100 holes of golf continuously, with the loss of only 2 balls. With ideal weather and a host of supporters playing alongside him, Jim thoroughly enjoyed the event, and played extremely well on the day.
£2,500 was raised for Wiltshire Mind at Jim’s Golf Marathon.
Charity Chair Jim commented:
It couldn’t have worked out better. Ideal weather conditions, great supporters and an extremely worthwhile local charity. Every pound goes back into providing mental health support for the people of Wiltshire, so it was a real pleasure to play those 100 holes.
Wiltshire Mind is an independent mental health charity, and relies on the generous donations of its supporters and beneficiaries. Providing counselling services for adults and young people, as well as peer support groups and mental health training, Wiltshire Mind operates across the county. These are particularly challenging times for everyone, and Wiltshire Mind offers a safe and confidential space for those experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.
Our thanks to Ashford Homes for sponsoring this event.
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