With sweeping views across the city and beyond to Ely, over 188 golfing enthusiasts swung into action on the championship courses on 10 July.
Denise Boswell, Lady Captain at the Gog Magog Golf Club, expressed her delight at the success of the event and explained the inspiration behind it:
“It’s fantastic that such a fun day will help two very worthy causes. With everyone’s enthusiasm and generosity, the total raised exceeded our expectations and the money will be split equally between the charities.
“When the Club Captain and Lady Captain are elected every year, they each have the privilege of nominating a charity to benefit from the annual golf day. Club Captain Gordon Lamb chose OWL for the wonderful work they do in the community, providing work and leisure opportunities for people who are disabled or disadvantaged. For me, the work of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust is very important as my father died with this devastating disease last year at the age of 86.
“My father, James, lived with Alzheimer’s for six years and became increasingly confused, forgetting to eat and not knowing whether it was day or night. In the end it wasn’t safe for him to live on his own and he was looked after in a care home. It’s certainly made me aware of the huge number of people affected by this disease and that, sadly, there’s very little money for research to beat it.”
Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“We are delighted to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from the golf day and very grateful to everyone involved. By raising money for vital research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, they are helping to bring new preventions, treatments and a cure ever nearer.
“There are over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire living with the daily reality of dementia and more investment into research is desperately needed. Our work is entirely funded by our wonderful supporters – every penny counts!”