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Dorset golf club does hole lot of good for PCRF

Dorset golf club does hole lot of good for PCRF

17 November 2013

Thanks to the magnificent fundraising efforts of the Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was presented with a cheque for £9,500 on Saturday 09 November by the Club’s Centenary Captain, Barrie Vincent and Centenary Ladies’ Captain, Di Groombridge (pictured).

Maggie Blanks receives a cheque from Ferndown Golf Club Centenary CaptainsMore than 500 club members have been fundraising throughout its Centenary Year and such was the success of the programme of events, a further £7,000 will also be presented to PCRF in January.

Ferndown has tragically lost several members to pancreatic cancer.  Former Club Captain Terry Day was diagnosed in 2011 and died just a few months later. Terry was a close friend of current Centenary Year Captain, Barrie Vincent, and Barrie promised Terry before he died that the club would fundraise for research in his honour. This year, tragedy struck again with former longstanding Ladies' member Hazel Bartholomew also diagnosed with the disease, followed by resident head professional Neil Pike. Both succumbed to the disease within a few months of diagnosis.

Says Mr Vincent: “We’ve raised so much more than we thought we would, but this is because the tragedy of losing so many friends in such a short period of time really hit home and everyone redoubled their efforts. Both Di and I are so very proud to captain a club whose members have pulled together so selflessly to support Jean, Ian and Victoria through their losses.”

Terry Day’s wife Jean and Hazel Bartholomew’s husband Ian saw the cheque presented to PCRF CEO Maggie Blanks at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Although Neil Pike’s wife, Victoria was unable to attend the event, she has also been fundraising for PCRF herself.

Says Maggie Blanks, founder and CEO of PCRF: “We were honoured to be chosen as Charity of the Year in such a special year for Ferndown. We’re also extremely grateful for such a generous donation in memory of your friends and colleagues at the Club who have been lost to pancreatic cancer. This money will be put to great use to help fund the very best UK research that we believe will deliver progress in generating new treatments and early diagnostic techniques to improve the survival rate.”

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