An annual golf competition helped raise more than £40,000 for charity. 

Peace Hospice Care’s annual golf on October 14 at the Grove Hotel and Golf Course invited around 100 people from local and national businesses and individual supporters to raise an impressive total of £44,000.

Alisha Bowell is one member who was supported by the hospice after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and her father also received care in the charity’s Inpatient Unit in 2013 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ms Bowell went to speak to competitors on the day of the event to point out the importance of the hospice by recalling back to her own experiences.

Gemma Norris, corporate funding manager at Peace Hospice care, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how kind and generous local businesses and individuals are.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who attended on the day and we were honoured to have former horse racing jockey, Sir A P McCoy, amongst this year’s teams who congratulated us on a great event.

“A special thank you to Ricoh UK & Ireland for sponsoring the event for a second year running. Thanks also to our amazing hole sponsors, prize donors, The Grove and Alisha Bowell for sharing her personal story at the event.”

West Watford Golfing Society were the winning team on the day, while in the individual competitions Chris Kalli won the men’s tournament and Diane Merrill won the women’s tournament.

Business and consulting support service, Ricoh UK, sponsored the golfing event. Phil Keoghan, the CEO of the company, added: “My congratulations to Peace Hospice Care and The Grove for organising an outstanding golf day. I know it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part, and of course we were very proud to support.

“Having lived in the Bushey/Watford area all my life, it’s been fantastic to see first-hand the wonderful work its people do to improve the quality of life for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness.”