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A TRIO of Northumberland golfers had their crazy charity challenge right down to a tee.

Peter Basford and Joanne Simpson, the men’s and ladies golf captains at the Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Longhorsley, completed a day-long Midsummer Golf Madness event in aid of Myeloma UK and the Wansbeck Hospital Cancer Unit. They were joined by club professional Gordon Morrison.

The group played a total of 18 holes in almost 24 hours at six Macdonald Hotels & Resorts golf venues across the UK – a feat that required them to drive more than 700 miles.

They drove off the first tee at the Spey Valley Championship Golf Course, Aviemore, at 4am, then did a few holes at the Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spa in the Scottish Borders before playing a few more holes at Linden Hall.

The next four were at the Golf & Spa near Chester, then it was on to the Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa, Shropshire, and finally, at approximately 10pm, they teed off on the fairways at Botley Park in Southampton.

At each venue, the trio were accompanied by the resident golf pro to create a ‘four-ball’. More than £1,500 has been raised so far.

Mr Basford, a 45 year-old commercial manager with Lloyds TSB, said: “It was a daunting challenge but we were determined to get to the end.

“Thanks to the support of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, this challenge is the flagship event in our quest to raise as much money as possible throughout 2012 for our chosen, very worthwhile causes.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/mgm2012