Gwent golfers’ charity drive helps fill a hole in pandemic-ravaged funds for hospice

Kind hearted Gwent golfers helped out Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care stymied by the pandemic.

Parc Golf Club players chipped in to the Captain and the President’s combined charities of the year to record a donation of £2,200 for the hospice.

Golf club captain Martyn Watkins and President, Bob Purnell, joined Tania Ansell, of St David’s Hospice Care,  on the club’s new short game practice area to present the cheque.

The ultra-modern, floodlit, artificial grass covered area, which includes practice greens and bunkers and accessible to all, is the first of its kind in Wales.

Martyn chose to support the hospice as his wife’s father was cared for at the former St Anne’s Hospice, in Llantarnam. St Anne’s is now part of St David’s Hospice Care.

Bob, President of the 650-member Coedkernew, west Newport, club for seven years, said he wanted to support the hospice in recognition of the  work that they do throughout the community especially during the recent pandemic.

Tania said: “The golfing facilities and the members at Parc Golf Club are first class.. The hospice has built up strong ties with the golf club going back many years. We are very grateful to them all for the continued support.

“The tremendous amount of money Bob and Martyn raised through their individual golf days is very welcome especially at this time as we recover from the effects of the  Covid-19 Pandemic.”