Golfers tee off to raise cash for Hounds for Heroes charity

FLAG DAY Team Hollington - from left Kevin Norwood, 50, Robin Hollington, 50, Charlie Hollington, 19, and Bob Hill.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (112503-2262)

FLAG DAY Team Hollington - from left Kevin Norwood, 50, Robin Hollington, 50, Charlie Hollington, 19, and Bob Hill. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112503-2262)

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THEY may not have the swing of Rory Mcllroy or the putting skills of Lee Westwood but it was all to play for as fundraisers teed off in memory of a fallen marine.

About 120 golfers took part in the day at Rowlands Castle Golf Club yesterday.

TEAM Marines from HMS Excellent, Whale Island from left right) Andy Stephens, 42, Dave Kassapian, 43, 'Ned' Kelly, 43, and Stew Bratherton, 47.    (112503-6034)

TEAM Marines from HMS Excellent, Whale Island from left right) Andy Stephens, 42, Dave Kassapian, 43, 'Ned' Kelly, 43, and Stew Bratherton, 47. (112503-6034)

And with every stroke they were a step closer to changing someone’s life.

The day was organised by Lee Slark in memory of Marine Richard Hollington, from Petersfield, who died last June after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Mr Slark’s son, Dan, was a friend of Mne Hollington and is himself serving as a marine in the war-torn country.

Mr Slark, from Bedhampton, decided to raise money for Hounds for Heroes, a new charity which provides assistance dogs to injured members of the armed forces and the emergency services.

Allen Parton, the founder of Hounds for Heroes, said he was delighted they chose the charity and ended up raising thousands.

He said: ‘We’ve just opened our new premises in Ramsdean, Petersfield, and when I arrived I had only a teaspoon and a packet of chocolate biscuits. But now we’re up and running, and we’ve had so much help.

‘To see so many local people at an event like this, who are so enthusiastic about helping us, is just wonderful.’

Prizes worth £3,000 were donated for the auction while car firm WKB Toyota offered a brand new car to anyone who landed a hole in one on the second hole.

Cricketer Shaun Udal and Cash in the Attic star John Cameron joined the players in the clubhouse for a meal and for a talk about the charity by Mr Parton.

Mr Slark, who was joined on the green by Mne Hollington’s father, Robin, said: ‘It’s been brilliant. We’re pleased to help such a great charity.’

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