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Dad gears up for 72 holes for daughter

THERE is an excellent reason Mark Glover and three fellow members of Astbury Golf Club will be teeing off at 4.45 am on Monday.

They are raising funds for the NHS and in going for the Longest Day Golf Challenge, they estimate it will take until 8.30pm to play four rounds.

Money raised from a near 16-hour effort is in aid of the University of North Staffs Hospital Cystic Fibrosis department in Stoke, which supports and cares for Mark’s 12-year-old daughter Georgia.

“My family’s motivation for this fund raising is Georgia’s specialist Dr Ang Ho and his team, who used to look after her in Macclesfield until the Cystic Fibrosis unit there closed down six years ago,” said Mark.

“It was our good fortune Dr Ho and the Cystic Fibrosis support transferred to North Staffs at the same time Georgia came under their care.

“They are simply amazing and Dr Ho, who has cared for Georgia from birth, is incredibly good at the respiratory side of her treatment,” he explained.

The 44-year-old Mark, a seven handicap golfer who lives in Congleton, will be joined on The Longest Day by Colin Wrench, Robert Denham and Adrian Nicholls.

The oldest member of the fourball is Colin, a 67-year-old high handicapper. The shots he plays are likely to cover more of the course than those of the others who are low handicappers and all at least 15 years younger.

Colin is likely to walk around 25 miles, as against 23 miles expected for Mark, Robert and Adrian. Colin has recruited a caddy for his last two rounds.

Mark added: “Colin is such a good friend he will do it for me and Georgia on sheer will power. He’s the oldest by far and he will be playing the most strokes by far.”

The original fund target of £500 was met within two days and the amount raised so far has passed £1,500.

This is partly down to the generosity of the management of Mark’s employers, Congleton firm Airbags International, a 24/7 operation making 13 million airbags a year.

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Picture caption:  Mark Glover with daughter Georgia.