24th Feb, 2020

Audi pelted with golf balls to raise funds for Marie Curie Hospice

Sarah Mason 6th Sep, 2017

A CAR has been left battered and bruised in Dorridge after being pelted with golf balls in a bid to raise funds for the Marie Curie Hospice.

Andy Devane, operations manager at Four Ashes Golf Centre decided to replace his beloved Audi which he bought brand new 16 years ago.

However with more than 300-thousand miles on the clock Andy had to admit it was time for a replacement, and accepted that a car with such high mileage would be good for nothing other than the scrapyard.

But Andy wanted his beloved car to bow out in a blaze of glory.

So he decided to park it on the Four Ashes driving range, and invited visitors to aim their golf balls at it.

In return, a £3 donation from every basket of balls purchased over the weekend was handed to the golf club’s chosen charity, Marie Curie.

He raised a fantastic £750 for the Marsh Lane Hospice.

Andy said: “I love that car, I’ve had it 16 years, and it’s probably the only car my kids have known – it’s part of the family.

“I came up with this idea, and it proved phenomenally popular with visitors, who seemed to relish the challenge of hitting it from a distance of 90 yards, to where I parked it on the driving range.

“After two days it was looking much the worse for wear: battered all over the body work and indented by the force of golf balls battering it, and just for good measure, most of the windows were smashed too.”

And the Marie Curie fundraising team were thrilled when Andy invited them to Four Ashes to receive the cheque.

Nina Baker, Marie Curie community fundraiser said: “What a fantastic idea, and what an awesome gesture by Andy and Four Ashes.

“This is just so unique, it’s a wonderful donation for us, but I did feel very sorry for the car when I had a look at it!

“We at Marie Curie in Solihull cannot thank enough all those who took part and contributed towards this amazing donation, it really is extremely appreciated.”

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