Golfers boost local cancer charity

A NORTH West cancer charity is better off thanks to the combined efforts of the worlds of golf, football, professional snooker, entertainment and Morecambe Golf Club.

Morecambecaptain Ron Butler (right) presents best individual performer Mark Needham with the Neil Kemplay trophy

PRIZE GUY: Morecambe captain Ron Butler (right) presents best individual performer Mark Needham with the Neil Kemplay trophy

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, a group of enthusiastic sporting fundraisers, staged their seventh annual fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at Morecambe. Once again, it was a great success, raising much-needed funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

More than 20 teams competed, with Morecambe members the Needham family, representing Venture Caravan Park, taking the honours as winning team with 86 points. Corrie Needham was leading lady, while Mark Needham posted the best individual male score to collect the Neil Kemplay trophy, presented by organisers Heather and Mike Kemplay in loving memory of their son Neil, who tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier in 2012.

Golfing guests included, singer Stephen Bayliss, Premier League referee Lee Mason, Arthur Albiston (ex Manchester United), Kevin Gallagher (ex Blackburn Rovers), Jim Melrose (ex Manchester City) and leading Lancashire snooker player Ian Burns.

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince hosted proceedings which included a raffle and charity auction, whilst quirky Comedian Terry Cotta led the cabaret.

Event host Mike Kemplay, on behalf of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue and once again, we have had a very  successful event.”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. Sue Thompson, Chief Officer of the Foundation was guest of honour at the dinner.

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