Ampfield Golf Club owner will embark on a 24 hour challenge

A Hampshire golf club co-owner prepares to play golf for 24 straight hours to raise money for a colleague with cancer.

Today at 6 p.m. Pablo Hazell will tee off at Ampfield Golf Club in Romsey as he begins 24 straight hours of golf.

Pablo, who lives in Chandler’s Ford and is a part owner and manager of the golf club, does so to raise money for colleague Nikki Fowler, who is currently battling cancer.

Nikki has worked at the golf club for the past seven years as a duties and golf manager, but about seven months ago she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and doctors only gave her three months to live.

The mum-of-two in her 50s is due to attend the golf course around 6pm tomorrow as Pablo completes his last hole.

The club co-owner estimated that throughout the challenge he will complete 14 rounds of golf and explained that he has never done anything like this before.

He added: “Nicky is really one of the nicest people. Martin, his partner, is also a professional here. For me it was obvious to try to do it and I said that I really wanted to try to raise money.

“It’s a long walk for 24 hours, but hopefully golf is a distraction. It’s more mental for me.

“I think once I get through the night, everyone will come back to the course that will take me forward.”

A JustGiving page has been set up for the challenge which has currently raised £ 1,960 of Pablo’s £ 2,000 goal.

The majority of the money has to be given back to Nikki so that she can use it to pay for treatments or whatever else she needs.

The rest will be used to buy golf sets to allow children to have access to golf like Pablo did when he was younger.

Pablo, 43, added: “Nikki has been very important to us as a family because it is a family business and she has been an integral part of everything we have done here.

“I will keep the page open for as long as I am allowed to try to get as many as possible. I am very grateful to everyone who has donated.”

Pablo’s JustGiving page can be found here.

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