SIXTY senior golfers helped former March Golf Club captain Les Bridgeford say the latest in a long list of warm ‘thank-you’s’ to Papworth Hospital for saving his life 14 years ago.
Ever since undergoing an emergency quadruple heart bypass operation all those years ago, 86-year-old Les has - with the help of his friends - organised an annual golf day to raise funds for the hospital.
Friday’s event was the 12th of its kind at March and made over £2,100 to add to the £5,400 already raised.
“It’s the best yet and I’m thrilled and grateful to all those who helped,” said Les.
He paid tribute to the club for allowing the event to be held there free of charge and to fellow member Fred Gordon for his work in helping to organise the event and in attracting prize-givers and sponsors.
Pointing out that 60 per cent of the players there that day had at some time received treatment at Papworth, Les went on to thank those who took part, including players from visiting clubs.
A cheque for £1,982 was presented to Mary Lilley and Lucy Clarke, representing Papworth, and the total was later boosted to beyond £2,100 as a result of a prize raffle.
Results: lst: Alan Davis, Ely, net 66; 2nd: Reg Brown, Newmarket, net 67. Best net score on par three’s: Alan Davis. Nearest pin prizes: Trevor Smith, Girton, and Alan Davis. Straightest drive: Albert Garner, March.