North Hants Golf Club raised the astonishing sum after Chris Traill chose us as his designated charity in honour of his late dad.

8 Feb 2017

When Chris Traill began his year as captain of North Hants Golf Club twelve months ago, he enthusiastically nominated us as his designated charity.

What he didn't know was that his decision would lead to a stunning £14,500 bonanza – the biggest amount ever raised by the Hampshire club during a captain's year, as well as the largest individual club donation ever to Prostate Cancer UK.

So proud of players and sponsors for digging deep

"It's been a real commitment by the club as a whole and though it was hard work throughout the year, no-one ever flagged, " said Chris. "I can't thank everyone involved enough. I'm so proud of North Hants for digging so deep, and the same goes for the many sponsors and individuals from outside who came to various golf days and functions.

"I always knew that Prostate Cancer UK would be my chosen charity. My father, Ken, died from bone cancer as a result of his prostate problems, and I've known others who have been affected by this cancer. In fact, I doubt there are many people who do not have a friend or relative or work colleague who has been diagnosed.

"We all need to work together to find ever-improved cures via the sort of research carried out by Prostate Cancer UK."

Setting the bar high for other clubs

Chris handed over a cheque for £14,000 – with a further £500 also due from Chris' employer, CALA Homes – to golf writer Bill Elliott, who is a long-term Golf Ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK.

"When I spoke about all things prostate at Chris's charity dinner last summer, I never thought he would lead this terrific club to such a fantastic amount of money," said Bill, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. "He, and they, should all be very proud of themselves. This has set the bar very high for everyone else."

North Hants Golf Club, near Fleet, is also the home club of Ryder Cup star and United States Open winner Justin Rose. Justin now lives in Florida while playing the PGA Tour, but honed his skills at the club as a teenager and remains a member, with a special 'Rose Room' hosting his many achievements on the world stage.

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