THE ladies of the Worcestershire Golf Club in Malvern Wells have handed over a cheque for £2,385 to the British Heart Foundation, marking the retirement of ladies captain Elsie Kelsall.

Mrs Kelsall decided on the BHF as her chosen charity for the year because her own daughter Lucy was born with a congenital heart condition. Lucy went on to become a registered children’s nurse and is currently a senior lecturer in children’s nursing, helping to educate future nurses in this speciality.

“Lucy came and talked to members about her work and we learnt how to do resuscitation so our fundraising took on a very personal meaning. We ran a charity day, had a sale of golf equipment, other items, and held a raffle. I am delighted with the result and can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity,” she saide.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the BHF were Malcolm Trumper and Dave Hall. They explained how the BHF is funded by donations to carry out vital research into heart conditions and what the charity does locally for heart patients.

Mr Trumper said: "The BHF currently funds the training and development of 30 health care professionals in Hereford and Worcester, including cardiac rehab nurses and trainers, heart failure nurses and paediatric cardiac liaison nurses.

They have also placed 275 defribrillators in community sites locally and supplied over 50 Call Push Rescue kits to schools so that pupils can learn CPR skills. Donations like this help the BHF to keep up the good work so we are extremely grateful to the ladies of the club.”