KNUTSFORD Hockey Club players swapped their sticks for golf clubs to raise more than £2,600 in memory of a much-loved friend and hockey club mate.

Father-of-two Mat Hodge died suddenly last September from a cardiac arrest aged just 43, leaving his wife Georgina and sons Jamon and Jonty.

Almost £12,000 has been raised in Mat’s memory for a heart screening session and Knutsford Community First Responder Trust.

In addition members of the club’s third team are taking on a 120-mile cycling challenge from Knutsford to north Wales this weekend to boost the total.

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The Mat Hodge Open Trophy

The fundraising was given another major boost on Friday when hockey club members past and present and friends took part in a Stableford competition at Knutsford Golf Club.

The inaugural Mat Hodge Open was organised by hockey club first team captain Jonny Price and Mat Hodge’s father-in-law Bev Crute, from Knutsford, who is a member of the golf club.

Ten teams of four took part, and the afternoon event raised £1,620 from entry fees and a raffle, which was supported by businesses Don Giovanni’s, Lost and Found and Gusto.

A further £1,000 was added to the total in generous match-funding from Barclays.

Jonny works at Barclays at Radbroke Hall, and the golf day involved a number of Barclays staff from Radbroke Hall and Gadbrook Park.

“The weather was great, everyone enjoyed it, and we are planning to do it again next year,” said Jonny.

“I would like to thank Bev, the golf club and all the players who took part.”