Bethan Evans, Reporter
Sunday, August 12, 2012
A CHARITY golf day is being held by two parents in memory of their ‘caring and loving’ daughter who was dedicated to helping others.
On September 10 John and Vanessa Webb will host Natalie’s Charity Golf Day at Mendip Spring Golf Club to honour the memory of their daughter who was diagnosed with cancer just six weeks after she got married.
Natalie Holland, pictured, learned she had cervical cancer after returning from her honeymoon in 2006. She was sent to The Spire Hospital in Bristol for an operation but was then transferred to the Bristol Royal Infirmary after a complication during surgery, and she spent two weeks in intensive care.
Because of this Natalie was too ill to have chemotherapy treatment straight away and the cancer spread and she died aged 26 in November 2007.
Natalie’s mother, Vanessa, has helped organise the past six charity days and she said: “Natalie came to the very first golf day as it was all her idea. I think she wanted to give her dad a focus, as he is a golf player.”
Natalie, who was born in Rickford but moved to Langford when she married her partner Mark, trained as a speech and language therapist and secured a job at Weston Hospital the year before she was diagnosed.
The former Cardiff University student came out with a first class degree and her mum said she sadly did not have very long at the hospital.
She said: “She was very, very kind, and always more concerned about other people than herself.
“With her career I think it all started when my mum had Alzheimer’s. At the time it wasn’t really recognised for what it is today. She passed away in 2000 and I think that started Natalie off on what she wanted to do, as she thought people who are in those circumstances should be able to communicate with others.
“She was a very caring and loving person, she put everyone before herself. And that was reciprocated in what she did for a living.
“She was very patient, very thorough and very dedicated and she was determined to attend the first golf day even though she was not well.”
The annual event, which has already raised £58,000 over the past five years, will be supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Weston Hospicecare, which cared for Natalie in her final days.
Vanessa said: “It’s probably going to be the last one we do. It’s a lot of work and that’s fine, as people help us, but it’s very difficult emotionally.
“Whatever we raise will just be a bonus, but we should definitely break the £60,000 mark.”
Teams of four are able to sign up to the event for £160, which will include a meal and there will also be a raffle and auction later in the day. John and Vanessa are also looking for sponsors for one of the 18 holes or the longest drive and they are also looking for more items to be added to the auction lots and raffle prizes.
To take part or to become a sponsor for the event contact John or Vanessa on 01934 863371 or via email@example.com