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Charity Golf Day tees up £4k for PCRF

14 July 2017

Eighty golfers took part in a fundraising Golf Day organised by Mark Cobb from Shoreham By Sea, raising over £4,000 for PCRF.

Mark, 38, organised the fundraiser in memory of his dad, Trevor Cobb, who passed away in 2011 aged 61, just a few months after he was diagnosed.

This is the fifth charity Golf Day that Mark has organised in his dad’s memory since 2013. To date, he has raised over £27,000 for a variety of local charities, with the 2017 proceeds being donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF). Mark Cobb

“When dad died, it was a terrible shock to us all, as we didn’t know anything about pancreatic cancer and how quickly it can kill. There has to be more research to find a way to diagnose this cancer earlier and to find treatments that will save more lives and so we decided to donate this year’s proceeds to fund more research,” he says.

Trevor was a well-known and successful businessman, whose chain of six Tomorrow’s World retail stores rented and sold DVDs and computer games throughout Sussex.

“Dad worked hard in our family business, but he was also passionate about golf. As far back as I can remember, my dad enjoyed his golf,” says Mark. “He played off an 18 handicap and just loved to play whenever he could. He’d take me with him when I was a boy and taught me to play when I was in my twenties. He was looking forward to being able to play more in his retirement, but he didn’t get the chance.”

More than 80 golfers – including Trevor’s friends, family, business associates and golfing buddies - attended the event on 07 July at Mannings Heath golf club in Horsham. Businesses across Brighton and Hove sponsored the 18 holes, and generously donated prizes for a raffle, tombola and auction – including meals out, adventure experiences, free games of golf, a private cinema viewing – and even a Porsche for the weekend.

Golf day in memory of Trevor Cobb

Mark himself decided not to play – he was too busy making sure that the event ran smoothly, alongside his brother, Paul, and mum, Lyn. “It was a bit stressful trying to organise everything, but on the day it ran like clockwork, the sun shone and everyone had a really great time, both on the course and afterwards at the barbecue on the ‘19th hole’! My dad would have loved it. I was so relieved – and so proud that so many friends and local businesses supported the day. Everyone was so generous that we smashed our target too.”

PCRF's CEO, Maggie Blanks, said: “We’re so grateful to Mark for all his hard work as we know how much effort goes into ornising something like this!"

Trevor and Mark Cobb

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