Thanks to the generosity of Burghill Valley Golf Club and his employer Hereford Galvanizers, along with support from friends and fellow golfers, Derek (Des) Brown who has been told his cancer is terminal, hosted a Charity Golf Day and raised a staggering £5,760 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Des said: “Since my diagnosis I’ve relied on a lot of Macmillan’s services at the County Hospital and, knowing the charity needs to raise £25,000 a year in Herefordshire, I decided I wanted to give something back.”
Des, who has never organised anything like this before continued: “The weather wasn’t perfect but that didn’t stop 30 teams of four from enjoying a game of golf for charity. I don’t know what we’d do without Macmillan’s services in Herefordshire, so many people living with cancer, depend on them. So, I’m absolutely delighted with how much we raised.”
Des and his wife Jeanette, enjoyed themselves so much, they’ve now joined the Hereford City Macmillan Fundraising Group to help raise even more funds for the charity. AND, he plans to organise another Charity Golf Day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and, do it all again next year.
Local Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, Emma Garvey said: “What Des has achieved is amazing, especially as he also has cancer. I’m over the moon for both Des and Jeanette, they worked so hard to make the day a success.
“Last year we gave over £25,000 of Macmillan grants to nearly 67 people in Herefordshire, who were living with cancer and struggling financially. We also adopted 25 new posts, 24 nursing roles and a dietitian, who now join the rest of the Macmillan team based at The County Hospital in Hereford. The money raised by Des and his supporters, really will make a huge difference.”
The Des Charity Golf Day, is an open invitation so, if you enjoy a round of golf, book out 19 May 2018 in your diary and “make a difference” to the lives of people living with cancer.