Captain's day golf event a sell out

Gordon Forbes Newmachar Golf Club

An Aberdeenshire golf club held a sell-out event to support a local cancer support charity, following its successful children’s golf programme.

Gordon Forbes, club captain at Newmachar Golf Club chose CLAN Cancer Support as his charity of the year, and the club has held several events throughout the year to raise money for the organisation which provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer.

Gordon donated his Captain’s Day to CLAN and invited friends and club supporters along to the event which raised £500 for CLAN. A keen supporter of the charity, Gordon previously held a series of golf programmes for children supported by CLAN. The youngsters, many of whom have parents or grandparents who have a cancer diagnosis, learnt golfing skills and enjoyed spending time with children in similar situations.

The golf day, a Texas Scramble 4 player, saw 72 players compete for the top prize of a four ball at St Andrew’s with the last team in appreciating their prize of a round at Codona’s Pirate Island course in Aberdeen.

Mr Forbes commented: “I chose CLAN as my charity of the year because of the important work it does to support people facing a very difficult time. We have collection boxes across the club, and we enjoyed providing a fun and welcoming environment for the children and teenagers who came along to the golf tuition sessions. Golf is an incredible sport as it is a team sport but also calls upon concentration, fitness and a is great fun.

“The Captain’s Day was well supported, and there were several games which were enjoyed by all.

CLAN Cancer Support children and family support worker Kellie Strachan, who was present at the golf day, said: “Gordon is a fantastic ambassador for CLAN. The youngsters really enjoyed the golf programme as it took them away from their daily worries and let them have fun and learn a new skill.

“The Captain’s day was really good fun and it is wonderful to see so many people coming out to support CLAN. We rely entirely on donations and fundraising, so the money raised on the day will help us to continue to provide support for people and their families affected by cancer.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Buckie, Crimond, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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