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Golfers boost cancer charity

A NORTH West cancer charity is better off thanks to the combined efforts of the worlds of golf, football, entertainment and Morecambe Golf Club.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC), a group of enthusiastic sporting fundraisers, staged their eighth annual fundraising Celebrity-Am day and dinner at the picturesque links course.

Once again, it was a great success, raising much-needed funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation. This year’s golfing celebrities included, European Cup winner Alex Stepney (ex Manchester United) along with fellow footballers Duncan Mackenzie (Nottingham Forset, Everton), John McGinlay (Bolton) Ronnie Jepson (Huddersfield, Burnley), supported by Martin Henfield (former BBC presenter) and singers Tony and Andrea Robinson (Tabu Duo).

Event host Mike Kemplay, who organises the day with wife Heather on behalf of RGAC, said: “Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue and once again, we have had a very successful event.”

The winning team, out of 21 competing, was led by Ian Howard from Northwich with a score of 89 points. The best nett score was by Morecambe’s David Dale who received the Neil Kemplay Trophy, presented annually to the best individual in memory of Mike and Heather’s son who lost his battle with cancer.

Pat Forrest was leading lady with 30 points and the leading male was David Dale with 37.

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted proceedings which included a charity auction and raffle, whilst quirky comedian Terry Cotta provided the cabaret laughs.

The day raised more than £2,000 for the charity.

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.

For further information on Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, contact Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685.