Every year since 2005, the Stuart Lyddon Appreciation Group (affectionally known as the S.L.A.G.S.) have held a golf day at Wexham Park Golf Centre to raise money for King's College Hospital Charity and to celebrate the life of their dear friend, Stuart.
In 2004, Stuart was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow graft at King’s College Hospital in London. During his stay, Stuart noticed that the hospital ward was lacking some of the small creature-comforts for patients, especially those staying in isolation rooms.
Knowing that sometimes even the smallest things can make the biggest difference to other patients like him, Stuart harnessed the support of friends and family to help the ward provide additional items such as a small fridge for keeping drinks cool, support rings to ease discomfort in bed, and TV aerial leads for the TVs that were missing cables.
"During his stay at King’s, even at his lowest ebb, Stu wanted to help others around him."
Stuart was on the road to recovery when sadly he suffered a brain haemorrhage and died suddenly, one day short of his 39th birthday.
Stuart's mission to improve the patient experience is what inspired the S.L.A.G.S. to fundraise for King's College Hospital Charity and continue Stuart's legacy.
This years' golf day was the 17th time the S.L.A.G.S. have held the event, and the 17th time gameplay stopped to raise a glass and toast to their dear friend. The weather was stunning- the sun was shining, and laughter could be heard around the 18 holes at Wexham Park Golf Centre. Donations flooded in, and a total of £2,255 was raised.
To date, the S.L.A.G.S. have raised £21,150 which has been donated to the Derek Mitchell Unit and Davidson Ward at King's, where Stuart was treated.
"It's always a fantastic day out with lots of fun and frolics, remembering a great mate and raising money for a great cause."