Duo hoping to raise a hole lot of money

From left, Philip Rickard, Sarah Goldie, Macmillans fund-raising manager for Northumberland, and Rutherfords of Morpeth managing director Richard Rutherford.
From left, Philip Rickard, Sarah Goldie, Macmillans fund-raising manager for Northumberland, and Rutherfords of Morpeth managing director Richard Rutherford.

Two prominent Morpeth businessmen are teeing up a week of events to raise funds and awareness for a well-known charity.

Retired estate agent Philip Rickard and Rutherfords of Morpeth managing director Richard Rutherford, who are both members of Morpeth Golf Club, have put together the programme in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The activities include the department store in Bridge Street inviting customers to come along to its café on Thursday, June 1. Money raised from the golf-themed menu – including tee and a sand wedge (sandwich), toad-in-the-hole and green salad – will be donated.

It will also stage a fashion show at Morpeth Golf Club on Friday, June 2, from 7pm, featuring models wearing the latest styles from its 2017 spring/summer ladieswear collection.

There will be drinks and canapes on arrival,

A week of events to highlight the work of Macmillan was the idea of Mr Rickard, who is suffering from cancer. The Juniors, Ladies and Seniors sections at the golf club are all helping with the programme.

Mr Rickard said: “I want to spread awareness of Macmillan because it has been so helpful to me, and it’s great that the community is rallying round for such a worthy cause.”

Mr Rutherford added: “By joining forces with the golf club, we can help Philip to raise both awareness and funds for a wonderful charity that does so much good work in the community.”

Tickets for the fashion show, priced £5, are available from Rutherfords and the golf club.

Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for Northumberland, Sarah Goldie, said: “We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone, but we can’t do it without amazing people like Philip Rickard and Richard Rutherford. 

“The money raised will help to fund the charity’s vital services. These include information and support, benefits advisers and cancer nurse specialists.

“I am delighted that the local community is coming together to organise this week of fund-raising. We need your help to make sure these people get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life.”