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Friends and family unite in memory of golf-mad Jake

04 Jul 2018 13:00:53
Jake Copley

The friends and family of an 18-year-old who passed away at Rotherham Hospital are inviting keen golfers to take part in a charity tournament to be held in his memory.

Jake Copley, of Aughton in Rotherham, passed away in November 2017 after suffering a ruptured spleen. Jake’s friends Tom Bentley and Olivia Woodhead plus his step-sister Emily Blakemore are hosting a golf match at Rother Valley Golf Club on 14 July to celebrate Jake’s life. 
The event will raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity with funds designated for resources and equipment for the Intensive Care Unit at Rotherham Hospital where Jake, a law student at Sheffield Hallam University, was cared for.

Olivia, of Killamarsh in Sheffield, said: “Jake had just started his Law degree when he suffered from severe glandular fever. He collapsed at home, causing his spleen to rupture, and he was rushed to Rotherham Hospital where he was looked after so well by everyone on the Intensive Care Unit. His family said they cared for him with so much compassion and like he was their own child. 

“Tom, Emily and I all wanted to do something in memory of Jake to celebrate his life and to give something back to the hospital which cared for him. We also want to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation as Jake received blood transfusions during his care.

“A charity golf tournament felt like the perfect way to honour him because he loved playing and was very much part of the Rother Valley Golf Club family. We’re absolutely thrilled with the response we’ve received. But we hope to raise as much money as possible, so there’s definitely room for more teams.”

Jake’s memorial four-ball golf tournament has already attracted 20 teams of four players with additional participants welcome to attend. 

Once the tournament winners have been crowned, Jake’s family, friends and event participants will be invited to an evening celebration where balloons will be released in his memory. A raffle and auction will also be held to raise money with prizes donated by the golf club, golf player Lee Westwood, Sheffield United Football Club, Jump and Go Ape. There will also be live music and bands playing at the evening celebration. 

Olivia added: “Tom, Emily and I agreed we wanted to host a happy event where we could share memories about Jake with people from all different walks of his life. I will be thinking about the amazing future he would’ve had as a lawyer. It was a career which would have really suited him. 

“I’ve been asking everyone to describe Jake in just one word so I can include all the descriptions in a video and the most common answers reflect that he was funny, cheeky and laidback. 

“We hope our golf tournament and celebration event reflects everything he loved and that we raise as much as possible in his memory.”

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, added: “We were incredibly sad to hear about Jake passing away, particularly so young. We really value the lovely feedback from his family and friends about the care he received at Rotherham Hospital. I’m sure the golf tournament will be a fitting tribute to Jake and a wonderful way to celebrate his life. Thank you to everyone who is supporting the event to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.”

For more information about how to participate in Jake Copley Golf Tournament please contact Tom Bentley via tombentley100@hotmail.co.uk

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.