West Midland Round-up: Captain’s Eiffel Tower challenge

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Branston captain's challenge, Worcester golfer thanks charities after coma, Belfry aims for award, Herefordshire man dies after heart attack

Branston captain Tim Winn is to undertake a marathon charity challenge by rowing from the Tower of London to the Eiffel Tower.

Hoping to raise funds for the Donna Louis Children’s Hospice in Stoke on Trent, Winn will be part of a team rowing the 450 miles, which involves travelling down the Thames, across the English Channel and then up the Seine to Paris.

Joining Winn will be two teams from the charity, including local celebrities such as West Brom manager Tony Pulis, actor Hugh Dennis, Olympic gold medal winner Anna Watkins and TV presenter Nick Hancock.

Winn said: “Despite hopefully being fit enough, the biggest challenge – as well as blistered hands and an aching bum – will be sleep deprivation. This is significant as it will replicate what the parents of the children at the hospice have to deal with every day of their lives.”

The challenge begins on Monday May 25 and it will take seven days to complete the journey.

Worcester golfer who awoke from coma thanks charities

Ravenmeadow professional Leo Tarrant has spoken of the support he received when awakening from a coma after eight months.
‘I was kept strong by the people that cared for me’ Tarrant was left comatose after a fall in 2011 and his family and doctors feared he might never wake up.

However, three years later he is back on his feet and has spoken of the support he received from the Professional Golfers’ Association and brain injury charity Headway.

“I think I was kept strong by the people that cared for me and the PGA’s benevolent fund and Headway Worcester played a big part in this,” said Tarrant, adding that he considered his recovery to be his “finest achievement”.

In an effort to give something back to the two organisations, Mr Tarrant is organising a Ryder Cup-themed charity day at Ravenmeadow in September, when he will lead a team against another captained by colleague Adam Whiting, who is also running a marathon in support of Headway Worcester.

Belfry looks to reaffirm position as England’s finest

The Belfry Hotel and Resort is looking to regain its title as ‘England’s Best Golf Hotel’ at the 2015 World Golf awards, having claimed the accolade at the inaugural ceremony last year.

The world’s only four-time Ryder Cup host has again been shortlisted alongside the country’s leading golfing retreats and will be looking to take top honours at the awards ceremony in November.

Director of golf Ian Knox said: “It was a great accolade for the resort to be named as England’s finest golf hotel in 2014 and we are committed to building upon these achievements throughout the year.”

The resort is also nominated in the category of Engalnd’s Best Golf Course and Knox added: “We are focussed on providing the finest experiences for every guest that visits the Belfry and take pride in our extensive golf offering, providing everything you could ever need for your golf getaway – from state-of-the-art custom fitting at our PGA Academy, the latest products from leading brands in our golf shop, through to the three fantastic courses.”

Man suffers cardiac arrest on Herefordshire course

A golfer died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a course in Wormsley, Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the club around 10am, where a golfer had taken ill.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service said: “There was a defibrillator in the clubhouse which someone went to get and club members performed CPR while ambulance crews were en-route. When crews arrived, they continued attempts to try to resuscitate him, but despite all those best efforts of everyone involved, he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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