Golf day to help raise funds for Mark Armour

Mark was a keen golfer at West Lothian Golf Club and managed to get his handicap down to five  having been a member of the Linlithgow club since he was very young

Mark was a keen golfer at West Lothian Golf Club and managed to get his handicap down to five having been a member of the Linlithgow club since he was very young

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The family and friends of a Bo’ness man who suffered life-threatening injuries have been left overwhelmed at the support for their fundraiser.

Last December, Mark Armour (26) was in Newcastle when he was hit by a car and suffered horrific injuries.

Friend Taylor Matthews explained how he was being told to expect the worst.

However, despite suffering a punctured lung, broken ribs, internal bleeding and head trauma that left part of his skull needing removed, keen golfer Mark recently woke from his coma.

Taylor said: “He is in a low level of consiousness and we understand Mark’s road to recovery is going to be lengthy.

“So we thought what can we do to help.”

Taylor, along with friends Jamie Lewis and Barrie Lewis, is hosting a fundraiser at West Lothian Golf Club in Linlithgow to help raise money for Mark and his family.

Taylor said: “The response has been fantastic.”

The group originally aimed to have 72 people playing, but that number soon escalated to almost 200 willing to pay the £20 and play for Mark.

Prizes have been donated from businesses across the country.

Taylor said: “We have had so many people donate to our cause, we now have enough prizes that someone could win something on every hole.

“We have amazing golf trips up for grabs and signed football memorabilia as well, and some golf tour professionals have even donated prizes for the day.”

Both Mark and Taylor have been members of West Lothian Golf Club since they were young and when asked if they could have the course for the day the club were more than happy to help.

Taylor said: “We have been given the course all day for free. We can’t thank them enough for doing that.”

The Mark Armour Golf Day takes place on March 19, with first tee-off at 7.20am.

Anyone is welcome to go to the club to show their support and donate.