Cancer patient Geoff Proudlock certainly deserves a round of applause for his charity fund-raising drive.
For the Morpeth Golf Club member has collected more than £4,000 for the Bottoms and Bums colorectal charity at Wansbeck Hospital.
Ward 4 is very good and I can’t fault Wansbeck at all. The treatment has been outstanding. I really wanted to raise the profile of the hospital.Geoff Proudlock
And much of the total came from an epic golf match, which saw him as Men’s Captain join last year’s Ladies’ Captain Margaret Finnie and Seniors’ Captain John Williams to play 108 holes in a day.
The idea came from the 108th anniversary of the golf club, and the six-round challenge took 13 hours to complete.
Mr Proudlock said: “It was a bit of an effort, but we had fun doing it and the members of the golf club were very supportive.”
However, the fund-raising didn’t stop there, and the club also organised a fashion evening, Ernie Coe Northumbrian night and countless raffles in support of the cause.
Mr Proudlock said: “The reason for raising this money was because I was treated for cancer at Wansbeck four years ago, and indeed am still being treated, and the care I received was outstandingly good.
“Ward 4 is very good and I can’t fault Wansbeck at all. The treatment has been outstanding. I really wanted to raise the profile of the hospital.
“All of the events were well sponsored by members of Morpeth Golf Club. We all had a lot of fun getting involved.
“I would like to thank the Consultant Surgeon Mike Bradburn, the team on Ward 4, the oncologists and the specialist nurses for their help and support during the year.”
The donation was made through Northumbria Healthcare Trust’s Bright Charity.
Mr Bradburn said: “We would like to thank Geoff and his fellow captains at Morpeth Golf Club for choosing our charity and raising such a fantastic amount.
“There isn’t a family who isn’t touched by cancer, and Geoff battled the illness with such determination and made a positive impression on us all.
“All our donations go towards improving the experiences of patients receiving their care with us, helping those who are similarly going through a difficult time.”
Mr Proudlock presented £4,100 to the charity, but he is planning other events, such as a cookery demonstration, to try to reach the £5,000 mark.