GENEROUS golfers could help a father whose teenage son died suddenly from a heart condition hit his £50,000 fundraising target this year.
Daniel Hoare, from Felpham, was just 18 when he died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in November, 2011.
An annual golf day in his memory has been held by his father, Don Hoare, and friends James Mclean and James Ashman to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
The six tournaments so far have brought in £40,715, with £3,606 coming in last year. The next event will take place on August 26 at Bognor Regis Golf Club.
Mr Hoare said he hoped golfers would again support the good cause.
“The day was put together to commemorate Daniel’s all too short life and give friends and family the chance to celebrate it.
“He had been a member at the golf club since he was eight and the members and staff all got behind the event like one huge family turning it into the success it is now.
“The event is becoming increasingly successful as the years go by.
“Both Daniel’s mother, Jackie and I, have been staggered by people’s generosity and kindness in the support that they have shown since Daniel’s passing.
“Should we be able to hit the £50,000 target it would be a wonderful testimony to his memory and give all those involved in raising this amazing sum the accolade that their endeavours deserve.”
Hannah Miller, the BHF’s fundraising manager for Sussex, praised the efforts of Daniel’s family and friends.
“We are very grateful to Don, his family, and all of Daniel’s friends who have made this such a successful event.
“Heart conditions affect thousands of people across the UK and we believe that research holds the key to a future where no-one dies prematurely from cardiovascular disease.
“All the money raised in Daniel’s memory will be used to fund the science that can help us win the fight against heart disease and stop devastating the lives of so many families.”
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition in which a portion of the heart becomes thickened without an obvious cause. This results in the heart being less able to pump blood effectively.
Daniel died suddenly when he was running for a train after he had been studying at college.
He was a keen sportsman who had played golf for the county.
Donations in memory of Daniel can be made at: giftofhope.bhf.org.uk/In-Memory/daniel-hoare
Pictured from left: Jackie Hoare, James Mclean, Don Hoare and James Ashman with the latest golf tournament total.