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Family history of heart disease leads Langley Park Golf Club to smash fundraising target for Heart Research UK

11 February, 2019

A golf club in Bromley have raised almost £13,000 for national charity Heart Research UK through a year of dedicated fundraising.

Club Captain Phil McBrown and Lady Captain Mari Brooks chose Heart Research UK as the Club’s charity of the year after both being affected by heart disease.

Phil, who has a history of heart disease in his family, also had a very close friend suffer a heart attack whilst on holiday.

Heart Research UK Community Fundraiser Rachel Brooke, with Lady Captain Mari Brooks and Club Captain Phil McBrown

Langley Park Golf Club Lady Captain Mari Brooks said: “My father had a heart attack at 36, he did survive but died a few years later. My younger brother has had 2 heart attacks and he’s only 52.

“I myself have inherited high cholesterol, as have my children.

“Given Phil and I’s family history, we decided to do something for a heart charity. We thought it would mean something to us and we wanted to work for something that had a real purpose.

“I had a look at some charities and Heart Research UK came up. I started to read about it and thought ‘this is a really good one for us.”

Langley Park Golf Club raised the money through a whole host of activities throughout the year, including bridge drives, quiz nights and bike ride through Ashdown Forest.

“We said that if we did really well, we’d like to get close to £10,000. We smashed our target which is great, we definitely surprised ourselves.

“Heart disease hits home with a lot of people, most of us know someone that’s had a heart attack or some heart trouble. It’s one thing that we all can’t live without.”

To find out more about Heart Research UK, or to get involved with fundraising, please visit heartresearch.org.uk, email community@heartresearch.org.uk or call 0113 234 7474.