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Skippers end roles with donations to charities

Liam Moakes 21st Mar, 2019 Updated: 21st Mar, 2019

BROADWAY Golf Club’s outgoing captains Bernard Donoghue and Maggie McDivitt ended their year of office in style as they prepared a final tally on their charity funds collected during 2018.

Bernard had supported Sue Ryder during the year and had chosen this charity because, even though it is a national organisation, every penny raised at the local store in Broadway goes directly to Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham.

Bernard had been inspired by the incredible hospice and neurological care Sue Ryder provides for those facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. In addition to the expert medical care provided at Leckhampton, it offers a huge range of emotional support and takes care of the practical things too, both for the patients themselves and for their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.

Liz Hardwick is manager of the Broadway shop and works alongside her team of 15 hardworking volunteers. Liz was delighted to receive the cheque for a tremendous £27,13.04 – a generous accumulation of donations from Broadway’s members collected at various golfing events throughout the year.

Added to that amount is an additional £789 raised through sponsorship by member Bill Cook earlier in the year and a further kind donation from Broadway’s senior section of £50, making a grand total of £3,552.04.

Maggie had chosen to support Cobalt, the charity which funds all the mobile breast scanner units often seen located in the car parks of supermarkets and hospitals.

It pays for state-of-the-art technology for scanners and imaging machines at Cheltenham Hospital and now also at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The charity also helps fund research which has enabled the building of a 3D breast scanning machine which can detect minute cells whilst the patient remains fully clothed.

During her year of captaincy, Maggie hosted many golfing events supported by lady members and visitors to the club and would now like to extend her thanks to everyone at Broadway for their generous support in helping her raise a tremendous £2,029.67 for Cobalt and also to Bill Cook for his special fund-raising efforts.

This year members’ fund-raising efforts will focus on supporting incoming club captain Andy Basford and ladies’ captain Irene Hawkes and their respective charities Myeloma UK and Maggie’s (Cheltenham), supporting cancer research and treatment aftercare, and Campden Home Nursing – a charity Irene is heavily involved in already in her role as chairman.

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