GOLFING publicans added a generous contribution to the ongoing community fund raising efforts to secure vital diagnostic equipment at Skegness Hospital.
The Skegness and Ingoldmells Licensed Victuallers Association donated £2,000 to Skegness Hospital Watch after their annual golf championship at Seacroft Golf Course.
Hospital Watch’s Geoff Poulter attended the event to collect the cheque and was thrilled with the extent of the donation.
He said: “When I arrived I was not sure how much the donation would be, so when they handed me the cheque it stopped me dead in my tracks - £2,000 was an excellent result.
“I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”
The championship was held between 27 teams of four, as a relaxing social event to celebrate the end of the summer season.
Summerlands’ team won the event and each player received a top of the range Ping driver along with this year’s title.
The LVA select a charity of local importance to donate to each year, with previous benefactors including the RNLI and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
This latest donation to Skegness Hospital Watch tipped the total raised for the charity to approximately £33,000.
Geoff has been overwhelmed by the level of support shown by local people and organisations to amass such a sum in such a short period of time.
He said: “People are really coming on board, with what we are trying to do.
“Everyone loves our little hospital and doesn’t want to see it downgraded, we must keep it open for visitors and residents alike.
“I didn’t think we’d reach this amount so soon, it amazes me how charitable people have been.”
Hospital Watch hope to raise £42,000 to purchase three blood testing machines to diagnose strokes, heart conditions, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.
With the donations coming in thick and fast they hope to have reached that total within the next few weeks after which they will present the money to Mark Simmonds MP.