'I feel Gordon is with us': Family of man who died at 48 while playing golf hold fundraiser

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Family of Gordon Smith from Blantyre raises £80,000 for the British Heart Foundation
Family of Gordon Smith from Blantyre raises £80,000 for the British Heart Foundation

The family of a man who tragically died while playing golf has raised £80,000 for charity.

Gordon Smith was only 48-years-old when he had a heart attack at Drumpellier Golf Club in November 2006.

Well-loved in the community, he lived in Blantyre and was a father of two.

To celebrate his life, his family organised a golf day the next year, which has since become an annual fundraiser, supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

This year, total donations coming from the event reached £80,000.

Glasgow Times: Gordon Smith and Graham Smith
Glasgow Times: Gordon Smith and Graham Smith

Gordon Smith and Graham Smith

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Graham Smith, Gordon’s brother, and one of the original event organisers, said: “To think we have raised such a huge amount of money in Gordon’s name and for a charity that is close to all our hearts is incredible.

"When we started out, we just wanted to do something to celebrate Gordon’s life, bring friends and family together and remember him doing something he loved - playing golf.

"Over the years, it has just grown and grown and we’re so grateful to everyone for supporting us and helping us raise this fantastic amount of money for the BHF.”

Alongside raising money for the charity, the Smith family also provided a defibrillator for Drumpellier Golf Club.

Glasgow Times: Graham Smith marking the £80,000 milestone
Glasgow Times: Graham Smith marking the £80,000 milestone

Graham Smith marking the £80,000 milestone

Gordon’s son, Andrew, said: “It is just an incredible achievement and a real testament to all the hard work that everyone has put in.

"We lost my dad at such a young age and sadly many other families have lost loved ones suddenly too. That’s why the work of the BHF is so important to us and it’s amazing to think that dad's memory continues to help other people in such a meaningful way.

"It’s also been brilliant that it’s all been made possible through people having a good time and celebrating life.”

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Gordon’s mum, May, says it has been comforting to know that something so positive has come out of his tragic and sudden death.

She added: “I am so proud of all the work Graham has put into this special event over the years."

“Personally, I love the golf day because I feel Gordon is with us and his memory is living on.”

Lyndsay Anderson, BHF Scotland fundraising manager, added: “Our research to help the 700,000 people in Scotland living with heart and circulatory diseases is only made possible because of the generosity of amazing fundraisers, like the Smith family.

"Their efforts mean we can continue to fund lifesaving research to help us find the breakthroughs, treatments and cures of the future and turn research that once seemed like science fiction into reality.

"We just cannot thank the family and all their friends and supporters enough.”