Golfers raise money in memory of Peter

Earl's Colne Golf Club held a competition in memory of member Peter McKay who died while on holiday in Tunisia. Left to right; Colin McKay, Jerry Callow, Peter's wife Alessandra, and Ben Kremple. ANL-140923-120027001
Earl's Colne Golf Club held a competition in memory of member Peter McKay who died while on holiday in Tunisia. Left to right; Colin McKay, Jerry Callow, Peter's wife Alessandra, and Ben Kremple. ANL-140923-120027001

A golf club in Essex has raised £3,000 to buy a defibrillator following an event in memory of a former member who died while on holiday.

Peter McKay, from Halstead, died while on a golfing holiday in Tunisia earlier in the year, prompting two of his friends and fellow Colne Valley Golf Club members to hold a golf competition in his memory.

The club’s owner, Tom Smith, alerted one of the organisers, Roger Cook from Great Cornard, of a scheme to get a defibrillator in every club and it was decided to raise money for the life-saving device.

Mr Cook, who lives in Game Close, said: “We felt the two ideas went hand-in-hand. We didn’t want to make it a massive fundraising event as, primarily, it was a day to remember Peter, but we did want to raise enough money to purchase the defibrillator.

“However, as plans started to gain momentum, more and more people entered the competition and, with the final number of entrants reaching 108, we managed to raise just over £3,000.”

Any excess funds will be donated to a local hospice that Mr McKay supported in his captain’s year at the club.