Golf fundraiser receives support from Linden Homes

Golf fundraiser receives support from Linden Homes

A group of friends from Brampton taking part in a marathon golf challenge for charity have reached the £5,000 fundraising barrier following a donation from Linden Homes.

 

The team of four golfers, who have signed up for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Golf Challenge, reached the milestone after receiving £500 in sponsorship from Linden Homes.

The housebuilder’s Brampton Park development is located opposite Brampton Park Golf Club, where the event will take place on Tuesday 30 June.

Stuart Miller, 49, Mark White, 54, Jody Greenall, 44 and Tyrone Allan, 29, will be teeing off at 4.30am to fit in four rounds of golf before the light fades.

The group are playing to fundraise for Macmillan in memory of loved ones they have lost to cancer.

Stuart’s mother Jane Miller and his aunt Judith Byford were both in their mid-forties when they lost their battle with cancer within three years of each other. The twin sisters would have been celebrating their 75th birthdays on Saturday 27 June. Mark’s niece Jess Shepherd was just 11 years old when she too lost her battle with the illness.

Stuart, an account manager at Swiss Post Solutions, said: “With my own experience I have seen the great work that Macmillan do to support people and their families.

“I’m aware that during the pandemic several charities have had a dip in fundraising activity so when the Government began to ease lockdown restrictions, I knew this was something we had to do to help.”

With such an early start in prospect, and the clubhouse unable to provide food due to lockdown restrictions, the group are still finalising plans for eating and drinking throughout the day.

Stuart said: “I’m excited, but I wouldn’t do 72 holes in a day by choice! We’ve all been friends for a long time and we can get quite competitive, so I imagine it will be an interesting day overall. I think we might have to have a word with our partners to try and persuade them to bring us something to eat in between games.

“The generosity of the community has really shown over the past few weeks. I started the fundraising page on 23 May and within two and a half weeks we were already just shy of £5,000.

Stuart, who has recently bought a house at Linden Homes’ Brampton Park development along with his wife Tracy, said: “It’s great to receive a donation from Linden Homes too. I’m really grateful for their contribution and support.”

Dina Pittore, Marketing Manager for Linden Homes Midlands, said: “It’s an honour to support Stuart and his friends in their efforts to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“One in two of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lifetime and it’s important we continue to support vital services such as those provided by Macmillan.

“Stuart's story is heart-breaking, but it is also a reminder of the wonderful care that Macmillan has provided to cancer patients and their families for so many years.

“Linden Homes is pleased to be supporting Stuart and his team, and we wish all of them the best for their Longest Day Golf Challenge.”

Michelle Hutchinson, Regional Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Cambridgeshire said: “At a time where Macmillan’s support is needed more than ever before, we are also facing a significant drop in our income and the truth is that we can’t continue to be there for people who need us without the support of the public and companies like Linden Homes.”


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