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Bob and his wife Megs set up one of the beneficiary charities - The Willow Foundation - in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer at the age of 31. Since then the foundation has provided more than 8,000 special days to people living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease, amongst other conditions.
Bob, the Willow Foundation Life President, said: "Thanks to the invaluable support from events like the Coastline Golf Day, the Willow Foundation is able to make a real and positive difference to the lives of seriously ill young adults and their families. This annual event has raised more than £35,000 for the charity to date, which helps us to continue to provide special days which have an uplifting effect at the time and create precious memories for the future for those dealing with life-threatening illness.”
The other organisations benefiting from the funds raised at the event, held at Canford Magna Golf Club in Wimborne, are Poole-based Pop 4 Diabetes and Kidney Research UK . Pop 4 Diabetes raises funds for research into finding a cure for type1 Diabetes. Beneficiaries of their work include the diabetes research department at Bournemouth Hospital. Pop 4 Diabetes was started by Iris Board of Poole, Dorset after her son Shane was diagnosed with type1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes).
Kidney Research UK is dedicated to funding research aimed at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for kidney disease.
Chris Lewis, Coastline's Managing Director, said: "This was the 11th Coastline golf day, and I'm very proud to say we've raised tens of thousands of pounds for a variety of good causes over the years, with the help of our generous clients. It's part of our commitment to sharing our success and supporting charities, and I have to say there were some excellent golfing skills on display too!"