Keen golfer Ian Wilson had a round to remember at Tiverton Golf Club over the festive season when he received a surprise £500 donation for Samaritans, the charity for which he volunteers.
The Veterans section of the club - consisting of members aged 60-plus - generously donated £500 to Samaritans at its annual Christmas 9 hole Competition.
Members collected the money through donations, competition payments and other activities at the club, regarded as one of the most challenging and scenic in the region.
“It’s a wonderful gesture by the Vets. Some of the members know that I volunteer at Samaritans but the donation came as a complete surprise” explains Ian who gave an impromptu speech of thanks when the £500 cheque was handed over by Veterans Captain Ed Tansey.
“Every year we recognise charities, some local and others national, and this time we were delighted to honour Samaritans because we know what a vital service they provide” says Ed.
The club - celebrating its 83rd year in 2015 - has active Mens, Ladies and Junior sections as well as the Veterans, who have their next competition on January 20.
Samaritans provides support to people who are distressed or in despair which may lead to thoughts of suicide. People can talk to us at any time, in their own way and in confidence, about whatever is going on in their life.
Note to Editors: For more details, contact Helen Crossfield, Samaritans’ Exeter and East Devon director on 07977 050983.