Stephen keeps his dad’s legacy alive for charity

The Southsea Golf Club charity day for the British Heart Foundation
The Southsea Golf Club charity day for the British Heart Foundation
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A DAY at Southsea Golf Club raised more than £900 for the British Heart Foundation.

The event saw more than 80 players take to the course to help raise money for the charity’s life-saving research.

The fundraiser, which has been running for nearly 20 years, was organised by Stephen Oxford, 55, of Southsea. He said: ‘My father started this event in 2001 as a way to raise money for good causes.

‘Sadly he died from a heart attack in 2012. Since then I have been running the golf day as a way of remembering him and to keep up that good work.

‘’We both started playing golf at the same time, when we joined the Southsea club in 1976. And I have lots of happy memories from being out on the golf course with him.

‘This year I was really pleased to support the BHF. My dad had a heart bypass operation in 2003 which gave us nine more years with him. It is because of the research that the BHF funds that there are treatments to help people with heart problems.’

The BHF’s Hampshire fundraising manager Michelle Bowdidge said: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to Stephen and all the golfers who took part.’

To find out more call 07384 464709 or email bowdidgem@bhf.org.uk.