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Club captains supporting vital hospital heart unit

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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A VITAL department at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital will be one of the main beneficiaries of thousands of pounds being raised by members of a golf club.

The cardiac catheter unit at the Belvedere Road site has been handpicked to receive financial support by one of two new captains at Burton Golf Club.

The specialist unit, which helps diagnose and treat various heart conditions, was chosen by new lady captain Carol Whittingham due to the impact it has had on her and the lives of her family.

She said: “The cardiac catheter unit at Burton’s Queens Hospital is close to my heart (pardon the pun) as both my husband and I have travelled to Glenfield Hospital in the past to receive angioplasty following visits to the Belvedere Road site.

“Angiograms already take place at Queen’s and a member of Burton Golf Club was the 1,000th person to have his angiogram completed at the new catheter unit.”

Club captain John Banton is supporting Diabetes UK during his 12 months in his new role.

A spokesman for the club said: “He has very personal reasons for supporting Diabetes UK and hopes by supporting both charities it will bring greater awareness to all our members what is available to not only Burton Golf Club members but to the population in the greater Burton area.

“There will be number of charity events planned at the golf club to raise funds for much needed equipment for both of these charities and we look for the support of members and Burtonians alike in trying to promote these events.”

The new captains, pictured left with junior captain Billy Howard and seniors captain David Williams, started their roles officially at the weekend.

A spokesman for the club, based off Ashby Road, said: “It was a lovely spring day for the captains drive in, which takes place to signal both the start of the captains year and was an opportunity to remind the membership of the charities that being supported.”

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