Generous Golfers

Davyhulme Park Golf Club remembers Seniors Captain.

Chris Gillespie (left), Jim Hardman, Louie Gillespie, David Marsden and Rob Gillespie with funds from the Peter Gillespie memorial golf day in aid of Francis House.

Chris Gillespie (left), Jim Hardman, Louie Gillespie, David Marsden and Rob Gillespie with funds from the Peter Gillespie memorial golf day in aid of Francis House.

For more than half a century there has been a golf day at Davyhulme Park Golf Club and for thirteen of those years the charity benefitting from the support shown on the day is Francis House Children’s Hospice.

In that time more than £40,000 has been raised by generous golfers and sponsors.

David Marsden, Honorary Secretary at the club and director of Trafford Park based Hardwood Dimensions, continues to co-sponsor the event ensuring its continued success.

Among the many long-standing supporters and golfers were three brothers Peter, Chris and Rob Gillespie.

Three generations of the Gillespie family have been supporting the hospice since it opened in 1991. Two of Rob’s children – Dan and Jenny – met the late Diana, Princess of Wales at the official opening of the hospice in Didsbury.

Dan and Jenny Gillespie pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales at the opening of Francis House in 1991.

Dan and Jenny Gillespie with Princess Diana at the opening of Francis House.

Tragically Peter died whilst on holiday in Spain in 2018 aged 67. A memorial golf day was held on the 18th March, the day that would have been his birthday.

Peter’s brother Rob said: “We wanted to do something in memory of Peter and raise money for a charity that is close to our hearts. We were all really proud of the turnout including nine teams from visiting clubs. The weather was great, and it was a fun day.

“Francis House has been close to our family and a favourite of the club. Everyone remembered Pete as many had played against him. Jim Hardman took over from Peter as Seniors Captain and everybody wanted the memorial fundraising day to succeed.

“We’re really proud to have raised £500 and to present it to Francis House.”

David Woodrow of Francis House said: “The support of the Gillespie family, David Marsden and Davyhulme Park Golf Club has been fantastic. The annual golf days are superb, and we are truly grateful for their kindness and continued support over the years which helps the hospice to support families year after year.”

The golf day held on June 27 is expected to raise between three to four thousand pounds.

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