A charity golf day organised by a retired vet has raised more than £4,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Retired Plymouth vet John Bower once again organised the event, now in its seventh year, which took place at Bigbury Golf Club in Devon.

A record number of 20 teams took part in the event. The winning foursome was a local team from a Plymouth letting agency, while a veterinary team from Holsworthy came fourth.

Retired auctioneer Chris Forrest oversaw a charity auction after the main event. Prizes included:
  • a BMW for the weekend from Ocean BMW
  • a Brittany Ferries golf voucher
  • several Devon restaurant meals for two 
The auction and a raffle combined raised more than £1,500 for the charity.

Mr Bower said: “This amount will go a long way towards the training of one of these wonderful dogs – each of which becomes the ears and loyal companion of a deaf person, enabling that person to lead a much more normal life.

“The dogs alert deaf owners to sounds they would not otherwise hear, such as the telephone, alarm clock, doorbell, kitchen timer and smoke alarms, but in addition, give them companionship and the confidence to spend time out and about.”

More than £25,000 has been raised over the seven years the golf day has been taking place.
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