Golfers tee off in memory of Jane

Charity Golf Tournament in memory of Jane Clough at Staining Lodge Golf Course.  Winner Ian Henson with John Clough.
Charity Golf Tournament in memory of Jane Clough at Staining Lodge Golf Course. Winner Ian Henson with John Clough.
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GOLFERS clubbed together to raise cash in memory of Jane Clough.

Thirty-nine players joined the annual golf tournament in memory of the nurse, who was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital two years ago.

Jane’s parents, John and Penny Clough, were also at the event at Staining Lodge Golf Club on Thursday, to present the charity shield to winner Andrew Henson.

Event organiser Mary Bird, general manager of ISS healthcare facilities at Blackpool Vic, said: “It was a wonderful day, everyone had a pleasant time and we did really well fundraising.”

The tournament raised £1,000 to contribute to a trust fund for Jane’s young daughter, Imogen, three.

This was the third annual tournament, set up by Mrs Bird after staff from the hospital said they wanted to do something in Jane’s memory.

She said: “Jane was very well thought of.

“She was a very dedicated nurse.

“My staff wanted to do something and we came up with a golf tournament because quite a few are keen golfers.”

Jane’s father, John, who has played at previous tournaments said it was heartwarming to know so many people held his daughter in such high regard.

He said: “The support everybody gave was amazing.

“It’s heartwarming to know Jane had that effect on, and respect from, people.

“The day had a wonderful atmosphere, it was a pleasure to be part of it.”

Organisers thanked the golf club for its support and people for donations of prizes for the raffle, including a mini-break to Scotland and kit used by professional golfer Danny Willett.

The day also featured competitions for longest drive, won by Mark Chatterton for the men, and paramedic Karen Snape for the ladies.

David Houchin won nearest to the pin for the men, while Anita Mcaeese won for the ladies.

Organisers are already looking forward to next year’s event, saying it is a pleasure to have a day dedicated to Jane’s memory.

Mrs Bird added: “We’ve booked Staining Lodge again for next year.

“They were really helpful and supportive.”