Golfers chip in with a donation for Daisy

Steve Fox (left) presents the cheque for more than £2,500 to Professor Nick Stafford.

The former Captain of Beverley and East Riding Golf Club presented the founder of the Daisy Appeal with a cheque for more than £2,500 from fund-raising events held during 2018.

Steve Fox, who stepped down as Captain at the end of the year, said he selected Daisy for the donation because of connections with cancer and because it is a local charity.

Steve said: “We have had a few friends and club members who have had various types of cancer. I heard about the Daisy Appeal when I was visiting a friend in Castle Hill Hospital. It’s local, it’s on our doorstep and we would hope that people from round here will get looked after.”

Steve said the money was raised from a series of events involving the membership of more than 500, of whom nearly 400 are playing members. He added that the members also supported a fund-raising drive by last year’s Ladies’ Captain, Jane Myers, which raised more than £1,450 for the Daisy Appeal.

Steve said: “We have a good facility and a highly-respected professional who attracts people for coaching. Membership is increasing and it was the members who raised the money from various social functions at the club including guess the bonus ball in the lottery, raffles and other small events. It all added up.”

Professor Nick Stafford, Founder of the Daisy Appeal, said: “We are extremely grateful to the club. The golfing fraternity has been very good to the Daisy Appeal. It’s not just about the money. It’s about exposure and the fact that people think the Daisy Appeal is a worthy cause that will be of benefit to everybody.”

The Daisy Appeal was launched in 2002. Its first milestone was the opening in 2008 of a Research and Development Centre at Castle Hill. The Jack Brignall PET-CT Centre was opened in 2014. In addition, the charity purchased a table-top cyclotron and gave it to the University of Hull for research.

The current campaign has a target of £8.2 million to build and equip the new Molecular Imaging Research Centre, which is under construction at Castle Hill Hospital and due for completion in autumn this year. The centrepiece will be a second cyclotron which is medical practice compliant and will pave the way to the launch in 2020 of new procedures, possibly including scanning for Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer.

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[Phil Ascough – Ascough Associates]