Published Monday 28th June 2021

A golf event organised by a fundraising trio Paul Bannister, Wayne Barton and Chris Cole is putt-ing thousands of pounds into St Michael’s.

The Friends of Herefordshire Alzheimer’s and Dementia Sufferers (FHADS) have donated the huge sum of £10,000 to their Hospice.

Since starting the golf days in 2010, almost £200,000 has been collected for good causes in and around Herefordshire, and this year the group wanted some of the funds to come to St Michael’s.

‘Last year, we heard about the Hospice shops being forced to close in lockdown, and the events having to be postponed, and so we just thought St Michael’s could do with some help,’ said Wayne, one of the three Herefordshire-based men who got together in 2010 to form the group after the wife of one of them was diagnosed with dementia, and another sadly lost his mum to the illness. 

The generous donation comes as the Hospice rolls out its Dementia and Wellbeing Service.

Led by Sister Colette Wilks, the service is proving invaluable.

‘St Michael’s isn’t perhaps the first place you might think of when it comes to dementia support. However, it is recognised as a life-limiting illness and as such those living with dementia will benefit from the services we have at St Michael’s.’

To find out more about the Dementia and Wellbeing Service, call Colette Wilks on 01432 851 000.  

FHADS next golf day takes place on 8-9 September at Leominster Golf Club.

For more information, contact Wayne on w_barton@icloud.com