Golfers chip in £27,000 towards Highland Hospice

Golfers have chipped in more than £27,000 from a charity fundraising event to help with the running of Highland Hospice.

The third annual golf day, organised by the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, was held at Spey Valley Golf Course in Aviemore and attracted 84 players in 21 teams.

The gathering was a sell-out and culminated with a dinner at the Kingsmills Hotel when guests bid on a variety of auction prizes, including a five-star trip to London and a golf holiday to Spain for four.

The hotel has now donated a total of £144,100 to the hospice since starting its fundraising campaign in 2014.

Last year, it handed over £117,000 to the hospice’s Project Build Appeal, helping to fund one of the patient bedrooms within the new inpatient unit which opened last year.

It has decided to continue raising money to support the ongoing running costs of the unit.

Hotel general manager Craig Ewan said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the total raised this year and I want to thank everyone who helped for their support and generosity.

“The golf day is a huge event in the calendar for ourselves and all those who take part. We are all delighted to be able to help this important project which means so much to so many people.”

Mark Paten scored a hole in one at the 16th hole to help Patio Hotels win the golf tournament, edging out Macdonald Partnership in second and Elgin Refrigeration in third.