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Heath Bland and brother Richard donate £15,000

Hampshire businessman Heath Bland has been reunited with some special people – the medics that saved his life as he and his golf pro brother give nearly £15,000 to Southampton Hospital Charity.

Heath, 49, was treated at the hospital after suffering pneumonia and heart-related problems in early December 2017.

His condition was so severe doctors placed him under an induced coma for several weeks and he was not brought out of it until 28 December that month.

It meant his family had to spend a difficult Christmas hoping Heath would make it.

Now Heath and his brother, well-known golfer Richard Bland, have made the donation after holding a special charity day at Stoneham Golf club in Southampton.

The event, held last August, was attended by 60 golfers including many professional golfers and former Saints footballer Matt Le Tissier.

Heath, a builder from Totton, said: “It was great to go back to the hospital and see so many of those that looked after me so well when I was in there. Many of them are still good friends and I have kept in touch.

“I can’t thank them enough for saving my life and raising this money to help is really important for myself and my brother. The staff at the hospital were brilliant.

“I would also like to thank everyone who attended the golfing event and helped raise the money.”

The brothers handed over a cheque for £14,800 to Southampton Hospital Charity earlier this month.

Suzie Simmons, Head of Public Fundraising at Southampton Hospital Charity, added: “We would all very much like to thank Heath and Richard and everybody else who contributed.

“This is a phenomenal effort from them all and the money will really contribute to our mission to help patients.”

You can find out how you can help raise money for Southampton Hospital Charity at or by calling 023 8120 8881.


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