Marathon charity golf challenge

HOLE IN ONE: Tim Sheppard, Ian Gollage, Paul Farn and John Holmes
HOLE IN ONE: Tim Sheppard, Ian Gollage, Paul Farn and John Holmes
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Golfers from Kimberley raised more than £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care after covering a 20 mile fairway challenge.

The team of golfers – who started at 4.30am – were sponsored to play four rounds in one day at Chilwell Manor Golf Club.

Team captain John Holmes said: “We started as soon as we could see and we finished at 8pm that night. We were worried about daylight so we only had a ten-minute break between each round all day! We had to go, go, go and it was red hot.

“I think next year we might do a coffee morning!,” joked John.

John, Tim Shepherd, Paul Farn and Ian Gollage raised £4,200 in total, and people are still donating.

The Halfway House raised £700 and The Royal Oak Golf Society, Watnall donated £500.

John, of Sourbank Close, suggested the group of friends embark on the challenge after his aunty was diagnosed with cancer.

“It’s such a worthy charity,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who you are – Macmillan helps people die with dignity and they treat everyone the same. The more we can raise the better. Everyone is affected by cancer in some way.”

The 51-year-old said the golfers’ families and friends cheered them on at the final round. “Everyone was clapping. It was great. The support we have had has been unbelievable,” he said.

Nationwide 800 golfers took part in the Macmillan golf challenge. The total has not been announced yet but last year it raised £500,000.

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John emailed the comedian Roy Chubby Brown, who has had cancer and does a lot for charity, asking for his support.

Roy replied saying he would promote their fundraising challenge on his facebook page where he has 66,000 friends.

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