Golfers are urged to hole some cash for Critical Care Unit

Matron Linda Gregson with supporters at the 2016 Graham Gardner Golf Day.
Matron Linda Gregson with supporters at the 2016 Graham Gardner Golf Day.
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Local golfers are being encouraged to swing into action and raise cash for vital hospital equipment in memory of a Ribble Valley man.

Staff on the Critical Care Unit at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital are staging their annual charity golf day on Friday, May 12th, at Clitheroe Golf Club.

The competition, now in its 12th year, is organised in memory of father-of-two Graham Gardner, who died in 2005 from a rare form of leukaemia, aged just 29.

Graham, who lived in Brockhall Village, worked as a lorry driver and spent the last few weeks of his life in the intensive care unit at the old Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

Since the first event in 2006, the Graham Gardner Golf Day has raised tens of thousands of pounds for vital equipment on the Critical Care Unit.

In addition, Graham’s parents, Colin and Janice Mustoe previously raised £50,000 to fund a new echocardiography machine for the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The fee per team is £260 (four players), £130 (two players), £65 (individuals) and £200 to sponsor a hole. Competitors are promised 18 holes of golf at one of the top courses in Lancashire, hot drinks and bacon butties on arrival, and a three-course evening meal.

“It is 12 years since we started holding the annual golf tournament and we’re grateful too so many hospital colleagues, local companies and generous individuals who have enjoyed a fantastic day’s golf and raised so much money for the Critical Care Unit,” said Critical Care Unit Matron, Linda Gregson.

To book a place at the Graham Gardner Golf Day 2017 or for more information, email Emma Massey at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on