Jamie, Micha, Janette, Louis and Olly McGuffog, with Papworth fundraising manager Alice Macek (third from left). Picture: Ian Burt.

The family of a businessman has handed over more than £26,000 raised in his memory.

David McGuffog, who set up Bourne Blinds in 1977, died in 2020 due to acute left ventricular heart failure.

His family said: “David was a very social and liked personality and as his children grew older he became ‘one of the lads’ with all of their friends. 

“In his 60s he started to learn to ski and bought himself a Harley-Davidson and passed his test.

“His funeral saw people lining the streets in the village and a packed crematorium. He would have been so humbled to know so many cared and it raised £4,641.25 for prostate cancer.”

A charity golf day with evening entertainment, auctions and a raffle, was held at Heacham Manor in his memory to raise money for the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity.

A picture from the fundraising golf day.

The family said: “It’s impossible to thank the many people who donated, bid and generally gave up so much of their time and money for this special day. The most money raised on the evening was an oak framed Harley jacket of David’s, which made £10,000. 

“Two generous people bought it and then returned it to the family, he would never believe how loved he was. 

“The family wish to thank everyone, too many to mention, that helped in one way or another to raise the final figure of £26,631.88 for Papworth’s Research, this does not include money sent direct via Just Giving, this will undoubtedly help others with heart problems in the future. His business continues with two of his sons at the helm.”

Alice Macek, the charity’s  fundraising manager, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the wonderful support from the McGuffog family, in memory of David. So many people have supported their fundraising efforts – whether it was donations to celebrate his life or the memorial golf day at Heacham – it’s clear that David made a difference to many people’s lives.  

“It is only with the help of such kind supporters – and the friends, families and companies who supported their amazing fundraising – that we can continue to fund the ground-breaking work of Royal Papworth Hospital.  These funds raised in memory of David will support innovation at our world-leading cardiothoracic hospital, including vital research based in the newly opened Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI).”