Scores of businesspeople from across Hampshire have helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for Wessex Heartbeat.

Taylor Made Computer Solutions’ second annual golf day and gala dinner raised an impressive £24,500.

Nigel Taylor, founder of the Fareham IT firm, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much money for this very important charity. Wessex Heartbeat does some incredible work in the community, not just supporting those affected by heart disease but also working at the coalface to prevent people becoming ill in the first place. We know the money raised through our golf day will be well-spent helping people across the region.”

The golf day took place at the Boundary Lakes Golf Course at the Hilton Ageas in Hedge End. Fifteen teams took part, taking on 18 holes as well as a range of on-the-spot competitions.

The winning teams was Ronin, followed by CLC Contractors and Snows Motor Group in second and third respectively. The nearest-the-pin prize was won by Pete Marshall and the longest drive went to Ian Jeffrey at Compass Contract Hire.

The day was rounded off by a gala dinner, where David Hobbs, managing director of Hobbs the Printers, was presented with the annual Cherida Patchett Award to David Hobbs for outstanding contribution to Wessex Heartbeat.

Guests also heard from Martin Morrall, who is taking on a range of challenges to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat after undergoing open heart surgery in Southampton last year.

John Munro, CEO of Wessex Heartbeat, said: “We are incredibly grateful for Taylor Made Computer Solutions and its guests for raising such a huge amount for our charity. We receive no statutory government funding so having the support of local businesses to help us fund our life-saving work is vital. A huge thank you to everyone involved.”