Fund-raising golfers swap tees for coffee

Macmillan Mad Hatter style fancy dress coffee morning event at Longhirst Hall Golf Club near Morpeth with Carolyn Ridley (front) from the club and junior team members Ross Hepple (back left) and David Chambers.
Macmillan Mad Hatter style fancy dress coffee morning event at Longhirst Hall Golf Club near Morpeth with Carolyn Ridley (front) from the club and junior team members Ross Hepple (back left) and David Chambers.

GOLF club members will swap their tees for coffee this weekend as a year of cancer fund-raising events continues.

Staff and members of Longhirst Golf Club have embarked on an epic fund-raising drive in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

There has already been a fancy dress golf event, organised by Graeme Young, of Ellington, which brought in almost £2,000, and a widow’s competition at the club.

And now the warm-up is under way for Macmillan’s flagship event — the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

This year, the Longhirst team is planning a Mad Hatter’s-themed coffee morning, with cakes, raffles and many additional fun-filled activities.

Club representative Lisa Martin said: “We supported Macmillan last year and when Graeme mentioned that he wanted to do the event for Macmillan we were delighted to support it.

“We have since held a ‘widow’s competition’ and we will continue to support Macmillan as everyone is affected by cancer in some way and the charity does an amazing job of supporting patients and their families.”

One in three people in the UK suffer from cancer at some point in their lives and Macmillan is there to help both the patient and their loved ones.

It provides nurses and therapists to help people through treatment, expert telephone advice, benefits advisers, online support and volunteers to help with everyday tasks, while campaigning to improve cancer care.

Macmillan Fund-raising Manager Erin Richardson said the annual coffee mornings are an essential part of the charity’s fund-raising programme.

“Macmillan Cancer Support has a very local profile in the area, but we need to raise awareness of this.

“Events like this not only raise funds, but they help us to raise that awareness,” she said.

“I hope as many people as possible will support the event and perhaps others will also hold their own events.

“We simply couldn’t deliver our vital services without them.”

The Longhirst coffee morning will take place on Saturday from 1pm. All welcome.

Many other coffee mornings will be held across Northumberland later in the month, mainly on Friday, September 30.

Events open to the public include The Country Barn in Widdrington, La Bodega in Morpeth, Pegswood Community Project, Morpeth Marks and Spencer, Longhirst Hall and Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre.

For further information, to register an event or sign up as a volunteer, email erichardson@macmillan.org.uk or call 0191 2145444.