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We all know golf can be a great way to engage in social interactions, bringing many health and wellbeing benefits – but it can also be a fantastic way to raise money for a worthy cause.  

The Beatson Cancer Charity is extremely active in the golf community and uses the sport as an exciting way to fundraise to support cancer patients and their families.

Now, the charity is encouraging golf clubs across the country to sign up to the ‘Beatson Bunker’ initiative.

It couldn’t be simpler.

Clubs are being asked to choose the largest bunker on their golf course and anyone who lands in the bunker has to make a donation of anything from £1 to £10 to the charity. Donation cans with QR codes can be placed in the clubhouse, bar or pro-shop.

The aim of the activity is to help raise awareness of Beatson Cancer Charity through local clubs whilst raising vital funds for people living with cancer in the west of Scotland.

There is no cost to the club and no maintenance required. The charity provides the plaque, a dedicated collection can and a poster which provides the guidelines.

The JR Group raised over £800 for the charity during an outdoor networking event by taking part in the Beatson Bunker Challenge last year.

At Lanark Golf Club, meanwhile, former footballer Robert Douglas helped raise over £364,000 in memory of his friend Gordon Cowan, who passed away 25 years ago. Since then, they have put on memorial balls, annual golf days and sponsored walks.

“I thought we’d maybe get to £30,000 and then after a couple of years it would peter out, but it’s actually been the opposite,” said Douglas. “For a small town like Lanark, it’s staggering.”

Gordon Cowan Memorial Annual Golf Day

Elsewhere, 49-year-old Nick Boyle found a new way to raise money when he decided to take part in a Golfathon in July 2020 at Kingsfield Golf Centre in West Lothian. It involved a staggering 26 rounds of golf across five days, raising an incredible £9,000.

That’s 94 holes per day, every day, for 5 days!

Wright completed this challenge in honour of Eric McMurray who received life-saving treatment at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in 2019. Unfortunately, Eric’s cancer returned and he sadly passed away during lockdown.

If you are interested in being part of the ‘Beatson Bunker’ fundraising efforts or wish to support us in another way, email [email protected] or call 0141 212 0505.

For more information on the Beatson Cancer Charity, visit the charity’s website.

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