Golf day charity event for Wessex Heartbeat

The memory of a much-loved regular at Alresford Golf Club is set to be honoured with a charity golf day in May.

Scot Buchan was a keen golfer and long-time supporter of Wessex Heartbeat before he passed away following a cardiac arrest in August 2018. After his death, the golf society announced that it would host its annual fundraising game in his honour, with Wessex Heartbeat as its chosen charity.

“Scot impacted many lives throughout his,” said event organiser Alan Green. “He was a larger than life character and an avid supporter of Wessex Heartbeat – a charity that benefited his family in both the 1990’s and in the run up to a heart transplant for his son Ross in 2004. We couldn’t think of a more fitting charity to honour him.”

The annual event, which has raised over £50K for local charities since its launch in 2000, will see participants compete for the coveted Rider Trophy.

The evening will play host to dinner and a charity raffle and auction, with proceeds going towards Wessex Heartbeat. Entertainment will be provided by friend of Wessex Heartbeat, and ex-lead singer of Hampshire band The Rufus Stone, Malcom Eyres.

John Munro, chief executive of Wessex Heartbeat said: “We are honoured to be a part of Scot’s legacy. Events like these are crucial to help us to fund our life-saving work and we are thankful for all those taking part, and to Scot’s family and friends, for their continued support.”

Wessex Heartbeat supports the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital, as well as the patients who use it and their families. The charity was set up in 1992 and has since raised more than £16million.

Among the major projects it supports is Heartbeat House, the children’s Ocean Ward and the Heartbeat Education Centre, as well as regular funding of leading-edge equipment, clinical education and research.

The Alresford Golf Club charity day will be held on May 28th. Tickets for the event are £60 for non-members, £30 for members and can be bought by contacting Ron Chamberlain, E: ronchamberlain.2@gmail.com