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Golfers’ fundraising drive supports full spectrum of life

Mapperley Golf Club is teeing off to support Nottingham’s hospitals, with both ladies’ and men’s captains choosing Nottingham Hospitals Charity as their charity of the year.

Between them they are supporting the whole spectrum of life from premature birth to end of life care. The ladies’ team chose the hospital’s Neonatal unit and the mens’ team have chosen Hayward House palliative care centre.

Ladies’ captain Maria Timson says: “I chose Neonatal partly because a friend’s son was treated there and I wanted to help tiny babies at the beginning of their lives. I also wanted to support a local charity –  when you give to big national charities you don’t always know where the funding is going but Nottingham Hospitals Charity allows you to choose exactly where your money will be spent.”

Maria and other lady club-members are staging several fundraisers throughout the year, the main one being a Ladies’ Golf Day at the Club’s 18-hole parkland course on Plains Road, Mapperley which took place on 11 April. She has also had a generous £3,000 donation from Robert Sansom of Frank Key Builders Merchants in Daybrook, Nottingham which he raised by putting on a race night.

Men’s captain Dave Olley chose Hayward House palliative care centre where he volunteers. Dave, a former nurse at QMC, wanted to support end of life palliative care because both his parents died of cancer. Starting with the Captain’s Drive In at the start of the season, Dave and team-mates have planned a host of fundraising events including a Charity Golf Day on 30 July, a charity auction and a quiz night.

Dave says: ‘Volunteering at Hayward House I see the benefits to patients of the complementary care, arts activities and counselling that are all funded through the Charity. It makes a big difference.

“Our chosen charity is a good fit with the Ladies’ team because between us we are supporting the beginning and end of life.”

Mapperley is one of several Nottinghamshire golf clubs choosing to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Beeston Fields Golf Club raised more than £6,200 and Radliffe on Trent Golf Club recently donated £5,270.

Fundraising Manager Nick Lawford says: “We are delighted that Mapperley Golf club have chosen to support the Charity. Their support will make a big difference to patients at Nottingham’s hospitals from premature babies starting out in life to palliative care for those nearing the end of life.

“Golf clubs locally are very important fundraisers for us and we welcome this new partnership.”

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