FORMER school friends of a Bognor Regis teenager who died running for a train have ensured his memory continues to live on.
The young keen golfers were among the record numbers who took part in the latest tournament at Bognor Regis Golf Club to remember Daniel Hoare.
The 156 players were among some 250-300 people who went along to the golf club on Sunday to the delight of Daniel’s father, Donald Hoare.
Their support enabled some £3,700 to be raised for the British Heart Foundation.
Donald said: “It was a lovely day and the turnout was the biggest we have had. The event seems to be gaining momentum.
“When we started the day, we wanted it to be about Donald’s peers and I’m pleased so many of them come along to take part.
“Some of the golfers first met Donald when they were in primary school.
“It makes me feel proud that they still want to be involved.”
The day’s success is set to take the total raised in Daniel’s memory to £40,000 at the end of this year.
“It’s becoming a considerable amount of money,” said Donald. “We will keep holding the event all the while we can because it is doing some good. The BHF is getting more involved with us as well.”
Daniel died at the age of 18 on November 24, 2011, when he was rushing to catch a train from college in Worthing to his home in Bognor Regis. He had an inherited heart condition but had been a keen sportsman and had played golf for his county.