Dick Lovett customers teed off against professional golfers to help Porsche Centre Swindon present a cheque for £500 to the Brighter Futures Special Care Baby Unit at Great Western Hospital.
Both Porsche and the NHS are celebrating their 70th anniversaries this year and Simon Lissemore, Centre Principal at Porsche Centre Swindon, decided to mark the occasion with support from Wolfgang Porsche himself - a teddy bear named after the founder of the supercar marque.
Simon said: “We held a guess the name of the bear competition as part of our celebrations in June to mark 70 years of Porsche being a sports car manufacturer, but nobody guessed it was Wolfgang.
“The NHS is a fantastic institution which everyone comes in to contact with at some point and 70 years is a remarkable milestone for both them and Porsche, so I contacted the hospital and asked if I could donate the bear to them.
“When they mentioned about the fundraising they were doing for the Special Care baby unit and Brighter Futures I thought it would be great to raise some more money for such a worthy cause.”
A DAY OUT FOR A GREAT CAUSE
So at Porsche Centre Swindon’s golf day for customers, around 40 golfers took on a golfing pro at Bowood House Golf Club near Calne on the Par 3 11th hole in aid of the charity. Customers donated £10 to play a tee shot and finish closer to the hole than the professional himself - only two customers managed it on the day and won prizes from Porsche Centre Swindon!
The money raised was then topped up by Porsche Swindon to £500 and the cheque was presented to the Brighter Futures team, along with Wolfgang the bear who was chauffeur-driven to the hospital in a Porsche 718 Boxster.
A LIFE CHANGING CAUSE
Cat Newman, head of the Brighter Futures charity, said the money would be put towards an £175,000 appeal to buy five state-of-the-art incubators for newborns.
She added: “We’re really grateful to local businesses like Porsche Centre Swindon for fundraising and really helping us drive forward. The new incubators will make such a difference.
“The incubators we have are over 15 years old now and technology has moved on. We’ll be able to get the latest version of the incubator and help so many more young patients in those first days.”
Wolfgang will be raffled off to raise even more cash for Brighter Futures.