19 March 2013
Left to right: Junior Captain Scott Buck, Club Captain Paul Simms, Pilot, Macmillan Fundraising Manager Tracy Townend and Lady Captain Tracy Pierrepont.
A well kept secret was finally revealed at the traditional annual captain’s ‘Drive-in’ at Horsley Lodge Golf Club, on Saturday 9 March , when the new captains arrived to mark the start of the new season — by helicopter
Obliged to arrive in a secret mode of transport, this year unlike no other, new Club Captain Paul Simms, Lady Captain Tracy Pierrepont and Junior Captain Scott Buck, along with Tracy Townend, Derbyshire fundraising manager for Macmillan pulled off a huge surprise by landing at the club in a helicopter, to great applause from a delighted crowd.
The flight was made possible by a local Macmillan supporter and her helicopter pilot friend.
Once feet were firmly on the ground tradition continued with each new captain driving a golf ball from the 10th tee, signalling the seasonal start of their new year in office and launch of the Captain’s charity of the year, Macmillan.
Paul Simms said, 'It was a truly exhilarating start to the new season which we’re all really looking forward to. We’re pleased we chose Macmillan as our charity this year – cancer affects so many people and many of our members have had personal experiences, either themselves or their loved ones so it’s close to many people’s hearts. We’re all keen to raise as much as we can for this excellent cause.'
Tracy Townend acknowledged the club’s support saying, 'We’re absolutely delighted and very grateful to Horsley Lode Golf Club for choosing to support Macmillan this year. I know they are really keen to help us sustain and develop our local cancer support services, which include a range of Macmillan professionals, including nurses, financial grants for those affected by the extra costs cancer brings and new posts such as two new oncology nurses and consultant at Derby hospital. With 98% of our funding coming from public donations and fundraising and our aim being to reach everyone affected by cancer, we rely heavily on such support.'
A number of social and fundraising events will be taking place throughout the year starting with the club dinner and Motown evening on Saturday 13 April and a hog roast in June. Various club members will also be playing their part with activities including a sponsored bike ride, ladies therapy day and donations in lieu of a Golden Wedding.