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Charity Golf Day in Chippenham

Golf dayAfter several years of being cared for in the Royal United Hospital for various different forms of cancer, John Price, 67 from Malmesbury, with the support of his wife Helen, decided to do something positive to thank the hospital for the wonderful care he had received. John, who has been volunteering with The Forever Friends Appeal charity for the last 18 months is now working hard to organise a charity golf tournament at Chippenham Golf Club to raise funds for a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

At 9am on August Bank Holiday Monday (26th) teams of 4 will be teeing off to start the Four Ball Texas Scramble at the Chippenham Golf Club’s Annual Charity Day. All funds raised on the day will go towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising the next £3million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the hospital based in Bath.  Entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis and there are several fabulous prizes on offer for the first, second and third best score, longest drive (ladies and gents) and the nearest pin (ladies and gents).  Entries are £12.50 per player for Chippenham Golf Club members, and £27.50 per player for non-members, including a buffet lunch.

Having had a successful career in General Management for 25 years, followed by Business Consultancy for a further 10, John made the difficult decision to take early retirement when he was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2002.  Golf is a sport that John very much enjoys, both watching and playing, for the last 25 years. Inevitably organising a Charity Golf Day with his local club therefore seemed like the perfect way of supporting the Appeal.

Appeal volunteer and organiser of the Golf Day, John Price, comments:  “Following several years of treatment and monitoring for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (another blood cancer) in June 2010. After several months of chemotherapy and other drugs it was recommended that I undergo a Stem Cell Transplant as this would provide the best chance of long-term remission. This was carried out in June 2011 from which I am still in remission. After the transplant I wanted to give something back to the hospital that had given me and my family so much care, support and guidance and working with The Forever Friends Team provided the ideal vehicle for me to do this. It was also perhaps fitting that it was at the exact time that the Cancer Care Campaign was launched, although I have to say that I would be pleased to support any fundraising campaign at the RUH.”

John Price comments: “I was delighted that Chippenham Golf Club agreed to dedicate this year’s Charity Golf Day to The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care campaign. It is particularly exciting as the Club have recently moved into a new clubhouse, which together with the challenging competition format will make it a fantastic day’s golf, culminating in a buffet lunch and the presentation of prizes.”

Leighton Walker, General Manager of Chippenham Golf Club comments: “We are delighted to support this very worthwhile cause in this year’s’ ‘charity golf day’ at Chippenham Golf Club, when we hope visitors to our Club will not only enjoy our excellent course, but also the fantastic facilities in our new Clubhouse.”

Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton, comments:  “I love getting to know supporters like John who are just so passionate about our fundraising cause, and are determined to make a positive difference to helping others.  His determination is truly admirable! The forthcoming Golf Day sounds like a thoroughly enjoyable day for golf enthusiasts, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank John, General Manager for the Golf Club, Leighton Walker, as well as all the wonderful Golf Day sponsors – the day would not be going ahead without you all.”

There is still time to enter a team!  So if you would like to find out more about joining in the fun of the Annual Chippenham Golf Club tournament, contact John Price on j_price1@btinternet.com.  Closing date for entries is Friday 16th August, and all entrants should hold an official handicap or EGU card.