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Cha cha event helps raise £33k for cancer care fund

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

  • 06/03/14 Cheque presentation - Branston Golf and Country Club clubhouse Cheque presentation to Burton Breast Care fund, from Branston golf and country club....Philip Gill - men's golf captain, Susan Williams-Jones - consultant and clinical lead for Burton

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A STAGGERING £33,000 has been raised after members of a golf club members swapped their irons for dance shoes all in the name of charity.

Branston Golf and Country Club golf captains Rebecca Smith and Philip Gill, together with their supporters and club members, have raised a record-breaking £33,116 for the Burton Breast Care fund.

Two specially organised cha cha dance events, a coast-to-coast cycle challenge and a gruelling 20-mile walk saw people dig deep to raise the astonishing sum of money

Susan Williams-Jones, consultant and clinical lead for the Burton Breast Care Unit, said: ”This tremendous sum, one of the largest single donations we’ve received from a local club, will be used to support for three years our portfolio of complementary therapies offered to ladies who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.

“These therapies make a huge difference to our holistic treatment of breast cancer at our Burton centre, significantly improving the quality of life of many of our patients.

“We’re so grateful to Rebecca and Philip together with their dedicated hard-working supporters at Branston Club who have raised this astounding sum, helping to save many lives.”

Philip Gill, men’s golf captain, helped to raise more than £6,000 on a Coast-to-Coast cycle ride challenge with five fellow club members.

He said: “Not long after we set off from Whitehaven in Cumbria heading for Tynemouth on the 160-mile, three-day journey I realised that I’d totally underestimated the physical challenge and training needed – it was probably the toughest thing I’d ever set out to achieve.”

Rebecca Smith, ladies’ golf captain, set herself a very different fund-raising challenge of a gruelling 20-mile walk in North Wales with eight supporting ladies in a single day.

She said: “The friendliness and team spirit that typifies Branston Club saw us through the terrific challenge.”

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