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Charity ‘overwhelmed’ by Pepperell gesture

An Oxfordshire hospice has heaped praise on ‘amazing’ Eddie Pepperell after the European Tour pro...

An Oxfordshire hospice has heaped praise on ‘amazing’ Eddie Pepperell after the European Tour pro raised vital funds by promoting the hospice at two Rolex Series events.

At the BMW PGA Championship and Italian Open, the 27-year-old promoted Helen & Douglas House – a charity based in Oxford that provides care for children and young adults who are terminally ill – by putting its logo on his cap and, at the time of print, had raised more than £9,000.

“We were overwhelmed by Eddie’s decision to wear the Helen & Douglas House logo on his cap for those two tournaments,” Hazel Bedford, the director of fundraising and marketing for Helen & Douglas House, told UK Club Golfer.

“As a charity, we rely almost entirely on public donations, so to gain such far reaching exposure for Helen & Douglas House was amazing. Eddie’s generous fundraising support will make an important contribution to the vital funds we need to care for local terminally ill children and young people.

“We would like to thank Eddie for choosing to support Helen & Douglas House and we wish him huge competitive success.”

Pepperell, who was born in Oxford and lives close to the city, chose the hospice over other charities due to its importance to the local community and after witnessing first-hand the work the staff do in providing round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment.

“I decided to use the space on the front of my cap to raise awareness and money for a great cause,” he explained. “I found visiting the Helen & Douglas House fascinating. Having had an entirely healthy childhood, and having never suffered any painful personal losses in my life, my eyes were opened to some of the truly fantastic and generous care that is out there for people who need it most.”

Pepperell gained maximum exposure for the hospice by playing all four rounds at both tournaments, finishing T43 at the BMW PGA Championship and T51 at the Italian Open.

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