A Worksop golf club’s long-awaited charity golf day has been hailed as a huge success after raising almost £7,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Bondhay Golf Club’s fundraiser, postponed repeatedly due to the pandemic, finally went ahead on July 2nd and organisers were amazed by the generosity of members, players and local businesses.

Club captain Paul Leather, from the village of Wales, said the day surpassed their expectations.

“We initially thought we’d raise between £2 - 3,000 but people have been incredibly generous and  it’s done much better than we expected,” said Paul, 61.

“There has obviously been a lot of chopping and changing with the date but everyone paid up and stuck  with it. Once everyone knew we were doing it for Bluebell Wood, they got right behind us.

“On behalf of the club I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the event such a success and to all those who took part, sponsored and supported the day.”

Each year the club captain gets to choose a charity to support, and for Paul it was an easy choice.

“Many years ago, my family and I used to farm the land that is now home to Bluebell Wood, so I’ve known what the charity is all about for quite a long time,” added Paul.

“Over the years I’ve always supported Bluebell Wood – there’s only one charity for me.”

The club reached their stunning grand total of £6,710 through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction and every penny will help Bluebell Wood be there for local families going through some of the toughest times imaginable.

The club’s charity golf day will be returning next year, and Bluebell Wood will be the beneficiary once again after being chosen by incoming club captain Stuart Savage.

Jason Gossop, Regional Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Bondhay and everyone who supported the event for their kindness and generosity.

“The fantastic sum raised for Bluebell Wood will help us to make magical memories with local children and families who sadly don’t know how long they have together.”