YouTube, 8th hole dedication and funding research: golfers club together to stop prostate cancer
All over the UK, golf lovers are rallying together against prostate cancer, raising over £700,000 in the last year alone. Here we meet just a few of our supporters doing what they can to beat a disease that kills 1 man every 45 minutes - the time it takes to play 3 holes of golf.
Rick Shiels, PGA pro and iconic name in the YouTube golfing community, is using social media to open up his fundraising to the world. Next month, Rick (pictured above) will generously donate all proceeds from the world’s first YouTube golf day at Formby Hall to Prostate Cancer UK. With over 40 of the biggest golfing online content creators set to take to the green on 6 May, it promises to be an iconic, action-packed day. Why not put the date in your diary and tune in?
Andrew Murray – our golf championship host
Former European tour golfer Andrew Murray has been supporting us for over five years and will host our golf championships this September in Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cheshire and Middlesex. Want to come? Raise money this summer and we’ll invite you to say thanks.
Andrew helps us drive home the message in support of his golfing mentor Brian Nield who is living with prostate cancer by hosting his own charity golf day and by hosting ours. He's one of a growing number of PGA professionals joining the fight. See you in September Andrew!
Josh Muncie and the 8th hole initiative
Josh Muncie at Sanquhar Golf Club in Dumfries, Galloway, is joining in with our 8th hole initiative. He asked his club if they could dedicate their 8th hole to raise awareness of the disease affecting one in eight men.
"Sanquhar Golf Club is proud to be signed up to the 8th hole initiative. The club will do as much as they can in any way to help raise money and awareness to stop prostate cancer. If any golfer lands a ball in any of the three bunkers they’ll give a donation to the cause," said Josh, who lost two grandfathers to the disease.
Alison Levy and Abridge Golf Club
Alison Levy, Chairman of the Charity Committee at Abridge Golf Club, has hit a hole in one and raised an incredible £13,000 from golf days at her club in memory of her dad who sadly died from prostate cancer.
Alison will be putting the funds raised towards vital research being carried out by Professor of Nanotechnology Paula Mendes (pictured above). Paula and her team at the University of Birmingham are developing a highly accurate PSA test to better identify high-risk cancers while at the same time reducing unnecessary interventions for those that are low risk. The £13,000 raised by Alison and the ladies at Abridge will enable Professor Mendes’ lab team to buy a microplate reader – a vital piece of equipment.
Simon de Castella and the Vestis Golf Tour
Simon de Castella has a novel way to raise money with the Vestis Golf Tour. We’ll let Simon tell you more:
"We run Vestis Golf Tour like a professional tour to allow players to experience what it’s like. Entrants receive welcome packs, get announced on the first tee and can win lots of amazing prizes. Money is raised through challenges, pro clinics, sponsored outfits, friendly betting between the players, and selling branded merchandise on event days."
"I support Prostate Cancer UK for Dad and the memory he’s left behind. Within the two and a half years since his death, the progress in research and understanding of the disease has come on a staggering amount. That wouldn’t be possible without donations to Prostate Cancer UK."
Thank you to thousands of golfers, PGA professionals, our partners in golf (the PGA, European Senior Tour, HowDidiDo and Golfshake) and clubs across the UK for rallying together and raising awareness to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.