Golf day keeps mobile cancer units on the road

Ilkley Golf Club has played host to a charity golf day which raised a whopping £7,450 for Hope For Tomorrow and Airedale Hospital.

Trevor Wilson and Paul Thirkettle organised a charity golf day at the club to raise money to support the running of the hospital’s two mobile cancer care units, which are run in partnership with the charity Hope For Tomorrow.

Trevor, a patient at Airedale Hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Unit (HODU), said he was inspired by the generosity and kindness shown by HODU staff, and wanted to give something back.  A member of Ilkley Golf Club, he hit on the idea of a golf day:

“I started planning the day back in January with Paul, and we had a fantastic response. The lockdown then hit and it was halted until June. 

“Once the restrictions were lifted to allow us to meet outside we decided it would be a real boost to people to run the event.  Even then, we were amazed at the response: we had 40 teams of four people – each team paying £200 to enter – and had a competition in both the morning and the afternoon.

“It was a super family day out; we ran a barbecue and a bar, all socially distanced.  It gave everyone a real lift, and knowing we were raising money for such a good cause was really the icing on the cake.”

Pat Dyminski, Clinical Nurse Specialist, went along to the event and was bowled over by the response.  “We were absolutely staggered at how much money was raised” she said.

“Our mobile cancer units travel far and wide across our catchment, taking cancer treatment to people near their homes, saving them having to travel to the hospital. We are so grateful to all the participants in the golf day, and to Ilkley Golf Club for hosting it, as this money will keep the wheels turning.

“Most of all we’d like to thank Trevor and Paul for organising the event.  They are staunch supporters of the Unit and we are very thankful to them both.  Their generosity means that other cancer patients will continue to have their care in our mobile units which is great news.”

Kelly Davies from Hope For Tomorrow says:  “Fundraisers like Trevor and Paul are very special and we are so grateful for their support. Hope for Tomorrow receives no government funding which means without fundraisers we would be unable to build and maintain the mobile cancer care units that are so vital to the communities they serve.

“The money raised will make a huge difference, paying to keep the Airedale units on the road for over a month and giving the patients who receive their treatments on board extra time with their loved ones this Christmas.”