Broome Manor golfer Brendan O’Neill is closing in on raising a staggering £25,000 for charity after completing another marathon of golf.
For the third successive year, O’Neill played six rounds of golf in just one day to raise funds for Wroughton end-of-life care home Prospect Hospice.
The inspiration behind O’Neill’s fundraising exploits is his sister Claire, who sadly died from a brain tumour in 2016.
This year, O’Neill completed his 108 holes in nine hours and 30 minutes, two hours better than last year and his efforts raised over £2,000 for Prospect.
The day began at 5.45am and ended at 3.30pm for O’Neill, who ended up with two large blisters on both feet for his efforts.
And the fundraising doesn’t stop there because O’Neill and his wife Sharon are off to the Peak District next weekend to complete a 25km charity trek.
O’Neill was proud of his efforts in what is the last of his marathon golf fundraisers.
“As this is my last time of doing this – as it’s physically demanding – I would like to say a special thank you to all who have supported me for the last three years,” said O’Neill.
“As a lot of people know, the reason I do this is for my sister Claire, who passed away while being cared for by the prospect hospice in Wroughton.
“The people there do amazing things for everyone who’s involved – the patient; their families and friends.
“I have experienced this along with my family and can’t thank the staff enough. Myself, Sharon (my wife), Karen Hyde and especially my brother in law Paul Bassett took it upon ourselves to raise money to support the Prospect.
“We set out initially to raise £17,000, that was the amount of money Claire’s care cost. I believe we have nearly raised £25,000 now but it doesn’t stop as this is a charity that helps people at the worst moments and needs our support to carry on doing so.
“Myself and Sharon are off to the Peak District next weekend to do a charity 25km trek so hopefully we will raise more money for this most worthwhile charity. Thanks again for everyone’s donations.”