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Golfing friends take on a marathon charity challenge

CHARITY DAY Golfers taking part in a challenge for Kirkwood Hospice and Mary's Wish.

CHARITY DAY Golfers taking part in a challenge for Kirkwood Hospice and Mary's Wish.

Golfing fans braved the summer heatwave to play for more than 13 hours for charity.

Thirteen teams of four players completed over six rounds at Hanging Heaton Golf Club to raise money for Mary’s Wish and Kirkwood Hospice.

Mary’s Wish is a charity set up to help Mary Hinde, a 17-year-old from Mirfield who suffers from cerebral palsy, buy and maintain a specialist wheelchair.

Meanwhile the Huddersfield hospice has running costs of £4.5m per year to meet.

The competition was won by the Flatt Top boys, from the Flatt Top pub in Thornhill.

Michael Scott, one of the organisers, said: “It was brilliant.

“The weather was nice and there were no hiccups.

“We started at 6am and finished at 7.30pm, which made 13 and a half hours including breaks. I think at the end it was a bit of a toll for the players but everybody enjoyed it. It was very well organised.

“We had a halfway house with food and drinks on offer which was lovely.”

The teams, made up of friends and work colleagues, paid £25 each to play, and raised further money through individual sponsorship and getting each of the nine holes sponsored.

The day was followed by a presentation evening at the Hanging Heaton club, with a buffet and raffle.

Michael said: “We raised more than £7,000. We are giving about £1,800 to Mary’s Wish, which is nearing its target, and the rest to Kirkwood Hospice.

“Thank you to Hanging Heaton Golf Club for hosting the event. We had a lovely day.

Donations are still being taken. Visit www.justgiving.com/kirkwood-hospice-golf-marathon.

 

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