Michelle Bligh lost a good friend, Phil Gregory, to cancer some years ago. Phil spent his last months in a hospice and she decided to fundraise for Hospice UK to help more people around the UK.
In January 2016, Michelle became the Ladies Golf Captain of St Athan Golf Club in Barry, South Wales. Every year, the club selects a charity that means something to them and throughout the year money is raised through a number of different events. It was also a special year for the club as it was also its 40th anniversary.
Michelle nominated Hospice UK and tells us that “it was not hard to get the ladies excited to help. We began by hosting a coffee morning at the golf club – we do this every year and some people have described it as one of the best in the area.”
“We also planned a day that consisted of nine holes of golf which included prizes. This may not sound like a lot but before and after the ladies had played nine holes, they had the opportunity to join our committee in the main room and look around the stalls that we had. There were all sorts on display from jewellery, golf clothes, homemade candles and bags, tea cosies, oven mitts etc. To add a bit of fun, we also had a bottle stall and a raffle to help raise more funds for Hospice UK.”
The club’s fundraising has been a success and they raised £900 in total for Hospice UK, which is absolutely fantastic. “Phil was a great guy and is missed by his family, friends and paragliding comrades in Wiltshire. Fundraising for Hospice UK has been an inspiring way to keep his memory alive and also help an amazing charity ensure that people can die in the most comfortable and respectful way possible."