Seve Trophy memorabilia provides boost to Hartlepool hospice

Julie Hildreth, of Hartlepool & District Hospice, with the Seve programme which is up for auction
Julie Hildreth, of Hartlepool & District Hospice, with the Seve programme which is up for auction

A HOSPICE is on course for a cash boost after a rare piece of golfing memorabilia was handed in at a charity shop.

A programme from the Seve Trophy golf tournament, which was hosted by Wynyard Golf Club in 2005, was handed in at the Hartlepool & District Hospice shop in Raby Road.

To the delight of the volunteers who discovered the programme, they found it had actually been signed by golfing legend Seve Ballesteros as well as other big names who competed in the tournament including Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal, Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington.

Spanish legend Ballesteros, widely regarded as the greatest golfer ever, tragically died in 2011 after being struck down by brain cancer.

But his autographed programme could now raise money to help other cancer patients when it goes under the hammer at the Hospice’s annual Golf Day which takes place at Wynyard tomorrow.

Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser for the Hospice, said: “We are grateful to people who donate items to our shops, and it is always nice to get an item like this which could raise us a lot of money.

“The programme has been signed by Seve Ballesteros himself and all of the players who took part in the competition, so I’m sure it will be of interest to golfing fans.

“We don’t actually know who has handed it in, it has come from an anonymous donor, but we’re looking forward to seeing how much we can raise from it.”

The programme has been framed free of charge by Chris Langham at Park Road-based Classic Art, and will go to the highest bidder when tomorrow’s competition is finished.

A total of 25 teams from the local corporate sector have entered teams to take part in the four-ball competition, which is being sponsored by Joe Palmer of Drive Vauxhall, in Burn Road.

Rob Hoskins from RK Consultancy has organised the event with Chris Mounter and all the team at Wynyard Golf Club.

Greg added: “This is something we do every year, and it is always a popular event which really helps us boost our funds.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”