Golfers raise thousands for Macmillan charity

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The captains of a golf club have raised more than £11,000 in just one year for a cancer charity.

Representatives from the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support visited Cooden Beach Golf Club just before Christmas to collect a cheque for the remarkable sum of £11,200.46.

The cash was raised in the past year by the club’s captains, Steve Bedwell and Rosemary Barford, through various fundraising events.

These included quiz evenings, raffles and a clothing sale.

All funds raised will help provide vital medical, financial, practical and emotional support to local people in 1066 Country affected by cancer.

Ladies Captain Rosemary said: “Before Steve and I became captains in November 2013, we decided that we would have a joint Captains’ Charity.

Choosing Macmillan Cancer Support was easy, as we felt that it would have a lot of resonance with many people.

“The object was to raise money when possible and to focus people’s minds on the charity.

“We were overwhelmed with the support we had. As well as our major golf day, we had quiz evenings, raffles, a Bring & Buy sale, a Bridge afternoon, a ‘New for You’ clothing sale (this was a first for Cooden but was a great success!) and numerous donations.

“I would like to thank all the ladies who were very generous in giving up their time to help organise these events, not to mention their cake-making skills and giving of raffle prizes.

“ Raising such an amount made it all very worthwhile.”

Captain of the Gentlemen’s section, Steve, added: “There are few people who have not experienced the tremendous work undertaken by Macmillan Cancer Support through either family members or friends who have been unfortunate enough to suffer from the various aspects of this condition.

“The fact that the money raised directly assists local families, nurses and carers was also an important factor in our decision.

“The support of the members for all of our charity functions and the donations made clearly underlines the respect and admiration we have for this wonderful charity.

“It was our absolute pleasure to present the cheque for the money raised and to meet the organisers and thank them for the valuable work they continue to do on our behalf.”

Sussex area fundraising manager for Macmillan, Tom Carter, said he was overwhelmed by the support the club has given to Macmillan.

He added: “We are extremely grateful for this hugely significant donation and all the hard work that went into it.”