A GROUP of locals have raised an outstanding £1k for Cancer Fund for Children through a recent golf event in Ballymena.
The group, who are mostly regulars at the Thatch Inn in Broughshane, raised the money through the Thatch Golf Classic which was held at Ballymena Golf Club at the end of May.
It is the second year in a row the event has supported the charity which offers practical, emotional and financial support as well as therapeutic short breaks to local families with cancer.
Captain Walter Mercer said he was delighted with the turnout and the amount raised: “We were lucky enough to get 18 generous local businesses on board to sponsor each tee box – that helped us raise a good bit and we are so grateful to all of the local traders. We also sold polo shirts on the day and the local butcher provided the food that we sold from a “chuck wagon”. It was a fantastic day out and I hope the money raised will go a long way to supporting this fantastic charity.”
Cancer Fund for Children CEO and Broughshane woman Gillian Creevy praised the golfers for their efforts and everyone who supported the event: “This has become such a popular event in the Thatch calendar and I’m delighted the charity has benefited from it for two years in a row. Broughshane is a very special village and we receive so much support from local people for our vital work. I want to thank each and every one of them. The money they have raised will make a real difference to local children living with cancer.”
The winner of the Golf Classic was David Black with Mr Vallely taking second place and Paul Creevy coming in at third place.