Ladies tee-off for breast care

Raising money for Leicester’s Hospitals can be more than just cake sales or fancy dress – just ask the ladies of the Greetham Valley Golf Club in Rutland!

When a close family member of Ladies Captain Sue Brand had their life shaken by a breast cancer diagnosis, Sue knew exactly what she wanted to raise funds for during the club’s Ladies Charity Day.

“Like many people, I have lots of friends who have been affected by breast cancer,” says Sue.

  Sue Brand (right) supporting Leicester Hospitals Charity

Sue Brand (right) supporting Leicester Hospitals Charity

“Thankfully, they have all been successfully treated and lead normal lives but I know how important the help that hospital charities offer cancer patients is to their treatment and recovery.”

A fundraising golf day was the perfect way to bring the women of the club together to combine their love of the sport with their appreciation for Leicester’s Hospitals.

Sue rallied members and guests from neighbouring clubs together and when the day itself dawned, 22 teams totalling 88 players lined up to tee-off around the club’s Lakes Course.

“We looked at various schemes to raise money on the day and decided to hold a raffle and ‘Pot of Gold’ draw where the winner takes 50% of the pot value and the other half goes to Leicester Hospitals Charity,” Sue explains.

I know how important the help that hospital charities offer cancer patients is.
— Sue Brand

“We also offered the players refreshments half-way through their round, as Ladies' Vice Captain Liz Haughton and daughter Ellie worked their magic to transform the staff room into a delightful halfway house offering a large selection of delicious items our ladies had baked.”

  Refreshments offered at the halfway house during the golf day

Refreshments offered at the halfway house during the golf day

After all players had completed the course and retired to the clubhouse, the total funds raised for the day stood at a fantastic £465 – all of which will go to benefit cancer care services at Leicester’s Hospitals.

While all teams played admirably, it was Suzanne, Sally, Grace and Kathleen of Belton Park Golf Course club who took the honours by producing the best score of the day.

But perhaps the happiest person of all was Sue, as the Charity Day had proved a huge success.

“The visiting ladies who played commented that they enjoyed the Lakes course, which was in excellent condition on the day. We're hoping to welcome them all back again next year!”

If you or your sports club or community group want to band together to raise money for your local hospitals, get in touch with Leicester Hospitals Charity on 0116 258 8709 or email lhcharity@uhl-tr.nhs.uk.