Clubbing together for Richard

Charity golf day in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young. Organiser Ken Waight (right) and referee Martin Atkinson watch as Richards sister Sarah Gallacher (29) lines up her shot. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Charity golf day in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young. Organiser Ken Waight (right) and referee Martin Atkinson watch as Richards sister Sarah Gallacher (29) lines up her shot. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

More than £7,000 was raised in memory of a young Doncaster teacher on Friday.

The third annual Richard Waight Memorial Golf Day at Doncaster Golf Club raised £4,700 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

And a windfall donation of £2,500 from wealth management firm St James’ Place gave the total an even bigger boost.

The event was held in memory of Richard Waight, who was a 23-year-old science teacher at Hayfield School and a Doncaster Golf Club member. He died in 2009 of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS), a heart condition that causes sudden death in apparently healthy young people.

Richard’s dad, Ken, said: “It went even better than expected - everyone turned up including referees from the FA Premier League.”

The Doncaster Round Table team won.

Over the years, funds raised have been shared between CRY, SADS UK and a local ‘SchoolsGolf’ initiative.

Ken said: “One of Richard’s many achievements in his short life was to introduce golf tuition to Hayfield, working with Bawtry Golf Club.

“We have continued that initiative with SchoolsGolf, now in several local schools.”