Four players from Cheadle Golf Club have taken on a marathon challenge, playing 100 holes in just one day in aid of St Ann’s.
Cheadle Captain Cliff Dews, President Alistair Culpan, Mike Westbrook and Club Professional Tom Clancy began their challenge at 5am, for what would be 17 hours of golf, finishing with just enough light for the final hole of the challenge at 10pm.
The group raised a fantastic £3,000 for the charity, where Alistair is Facilities Manager, as they took on the challenge in memory of one of the golf club’s members, Ian Haig, who died in 2016 and was cared for by St Ann’s.
Cliff and the team were well fed through the challenge by the club Catering Manager, Sharon Bebbington, who gave up her day off to provide food and beverages throughout the day, even turning her hand to being a caddy, despite never having previously walked the golf course.
We were so lucky to have had Ian Haig as a member, and also in his capacity as Captain, Secretary and President of the club, and we wanted to continue to do something in his name and also acknowledge the wonderful work that St Ann’s Hospice does for so many. Thanks to the support from so many of the members who were acting as caddies or part of the massive support, encouraging us every step of the way – especially when we started to hit the imaginary wall around 12 hours into the challenge. Cliff Dews
I couldn’t believe it when I heard about this fantastic challenge in aid of our patients. What an amazing achievement. I’m sure it was an incredibly tiring day for everyone involved, and I can’t thank Cliff, Alistair, Mike and Tom and all the other people who helped them both with support on the day and by making donations enough. They’ve raised such a lot of money which really will make a difference to the lives of our patients. I hope they all managed to have a well-deserved rest afterwards too. Thanks so much. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive