1 July 2009
A leading cancer charity is calling on Scots to take on one of its toughest fundraising challenges yet - a game of golf.
Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for teams to play a massive 72-holes of golf in one day, hitting 300 shots and walking 20-miles.
The charity estimates the challenge will take at least 16-hours to complete.
The four teams that score the highest and raise the most money for Macmillan will be taken to Portugal to play for the Longest Day Golf trophy at the Boavista Golf Resort, Lagos, in October.
One man who is taking part in the challenge, which Macmillan hopes will raise £320,000, is 31-year-old Lawrence Stewart.
The West Lothian man, who has been diagnosed with cancer eight times, hopes to raise £10,000 for Macmillan and is urging more golfers to take part in the challenge.
The dad-of-two said:
'This is my way of saying thank you to Macmillan. They have been there for me and my family throughout everything. We knew we could always talk to our Macmillan nurse if we needed information or support.
'Macmillan also helped us with money. I have had to stop working because of my illness and Macmillan helped advise me on what benefits I could claim. Without that advice I wouldn’t have known where to start.
'I’m a huge golf fan so it taking part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge seemed like an ideal way to raise money for a charity that has really helped me. I’m really looking forward to spending so much time on the course.'
Macmillan’s director in Scotland, Elspeth Atkinson, added:
'Every penny raised from this challenge will help Macmillan support people affected by cancer around Scotland, so it’s a very worthwhile way to spend a day – even one of the longest you’ll ever have!'
To take part in the event golfers need to get a team together and contact a golf course to book playing time before the end of August.
Then simply register with Macmillan to get a free fundraising pack.
For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk/golf, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08700 503 222.