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Another successful golf open at Birstall Golf Club raises money for Birstall BAGs

Cheque presentation – L-R: Liz Darlison (Trustee), Mick Newton (Golf Club Men’s Captain 2018/19) and Emma Shaw (Trustee)

26 teams of keen golfers hit the greens at Birstall Golf Club on Sunday June 30, 2019 to compete in the charity golf open, raising a total of £2,912 for local cancer charity, Birstall BAGS.

The annual event is very popular and has raised around £9,000 over the last four years.

Birstall BAGS operates in and around Birstall and Leicestershire and seeks to bring people together to raise funds to support cancer services used by the local community. Birstall BAGS works with other local charities to provide services that support members of the local community who are living with a diagnosis of cancer.

Emma Shaw of Birstall BAGS commented: “Thanks to everyone who helped supported us at this event – from the Clayton family for organising it and Birstall Golf Club for hosting, to the local businesses to donated prizes. It raised a fantastic amount of money which will be spent supporting local people who are affected by cancer.

“We use the funds we raise on a range of things, most recently on items for hospital wards such as reclining chairs and gowns for patients, and equipment such as hysteroscopes. Hospital staff say the contributions make a real difference to patients.”

John Clayton, who organises the annual event, said: “It was a brilliant day and I’m so pleased with the amount of money that was raised. I’d like to thank all of the clubs that donated Four Balls, Birstall Golf Club for hosting the event for the 4th year running, free of charge, the bar and catering staff for all of their hard work, as well as the greens staff for making the course look truly wonderful. A special thank you to local businesses New World Florist, Ruth’s Lambourne Café and The White Horse for their generous prize donations. Also thanks to those players who kindly donated cash towards prizes.

Winning Captain, Joe Derry said: “It was a great day, yet again, for such a good cause. Thanks to everyone for taking part and for everyone’s hard work in making the day a success once again.”

The 2018/19 Captain of Birstall Golf Club, Mick Newton, also presented the charity with a cheque for £2,263.68 from funds raised last year while Birstall BAGS was the club’s nominated charity.