A Barton Seagrave grandfather and his friend have together raised more than £3,000 for cardiac and cancer care at Kettering General Hospital as a thank you for the NHS care they, and their families, have received.
Bruce Wall, 65, from Barton Seagrave, and John Dylag, 45, from Stanwick, presented £3,153 to the hospital on Tuesday, June 26, following a successful Charity Golf Day earlier this year.
The pair teamed up to start fundraising after Bruce mentioned to John he wanted to do something as a thank you to the NHS after having a major heart operation in January 2011.
Bruce, who used to manage the county’s Birth, Marriages and Deaths Service, said: “I had been having pains in my arm for a while and I was referred to KGH for tests where they found I had a faulty aortic heart valve.
“This was confirmed with a procedure called an angiogram at KGH and meant that I needed open heart surgery to replace my valve with a pig valve.
“I had the five hour operation at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and I was in hospital for nine days. I came back to KGH and had rehabilitation and now I am fully fit and back to playing golf and living a full and active life.”
Bruce wanted to raise money as a thank you but was daunted by the organisation involved which is where his good friend and fellow golfer John came in.
John, who runs an office furniture business, said: “Bruce and I joined forces and we organised the event at Kettering Golf Club on May 23, where Bruce is a member.
“A total of 68 players took part, and as well as prizes on offer for the best team score and individual score, there was the opportunity to win a car for a ‘Hole in One’, on the first hole, which unfortunately no one managed - although a hole-in-one was scored on another hole.
“Numerous donations were generously given for a raffle as well as several items which were auctioned including a holiday donated by RCI.
“We decided we wanted to donate the money to a local cause and we decided on cardiac care, because of Bruce’s experience, and also cancer care, which members of both of our families, and our friends, have been affected by.
“We want to thank all of the people who supported us in our fundraising and we are very pleased to support our local hospital in developing care in these two specific areas.”
Deputy Sister at the Cardiac Centre, Charmaine Beirnes, who received the money on behalf of the hospital, said: “We want to thank Bruce and John so much for their incredible efforts to raise such a huge sum of money for the hospital.
“It will help the hospital to further improve our cardiac and cancer care services.”