Golfers go the dis­tance to help

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

GUESS­ING the dis­tance of the cap­tain’s golf drive is just one of the ways that mem­bers of Alder­ley Edge Golf Club have helped to raise an im­pres­sive to­tal of £10,200 for East Cheshire Hospice.

The club tra­di­tion of guess­ing the length of the cap­tain’s long dis­tance shot takes place ev­ery new year’s day, with mem­bers pay­ing £2 for their guess.

Club cap­tains and mem­bers have been rais­ing funds for the hospice over the last three years with the ma­jor­ity of the funds raised at the an­nual cap­tain’s din­ner, held ev­ery June.

Club ad­min­is­tra­tor, Hi­lary Gradon, has her own in­no­va­tive way of en­tic­ing pen­nies from the mem­bers.

She said: “My of­fice is right be­side the ninth hole so if I hear any bad lan­guage I dash out there with my swear box de­mand­ing money,” laughs Hi­lary.

Hospice fundraiser, Leah Good­hind said: “The golf club is a great ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to sup­port the hospice work.

“Be­cause 80 per cent of our an­nual run­ning costs are met by do­na­tions from the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, we rely heav­ily on groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port us.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that the mem­bers of Alder­ley Edge Golf Club have helped to raise so much for us over the last three years.”

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