Organised by landlord Iain Burn, the Red Lion Inn at Milfield in North Northumberland has recently held its third Charity Golf day in aid of ‘Maggie’s North East’ raising over £2,200 for this well-deserving charity.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are a network of drop-in centres in Great Britain, which aim to help anyone who has been affected by cancer. They are not intended as a replacement for conventional cancer therapy, but as a caring environment that can give support, information and practical advice. They are located nearby, but are separate from, existing NHS hospitals.
A Maggie’s Centre is a place to turn to for help with any of the problems, small or large, associated with cancer.
Under one roof you can access help with information, benefits advice, psychological support both individually and in groups, courses and stress-reducing strategies. You don’t have to make an appointment, or be referred and everything is free of charge.
It is there for anybody who feels the need for help, which includes those who love and look after someone with cancer, who often feel as frightened and vulnerable as those who actually have the disease.
The Scottish registered charity which promotes, builds and runs the centres is formally named the Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust, but refers to itself simply as Maggie’s. It was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed in the ability of buildings to uplift people. The buildings that house the centres have been designed by leading architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.
As for the golf, the event which was contested by 19 teams was held at Goswick Golf Club.
The winning team recorded a score of 90 points to take the honours from some very close competitive scores. A highlight of the day was a hole-in-one scored by George Thompson at the 185-yard par 3 ninth hole.
Following the day’s golf, a prize-giving evening was held at the Red Lion followed by a Hog Roast. On behalf of the Red Lion Inn, Iain said: “We raised £2,228 for Maggie’s.
“The day was well-supported by local businesses and suppliers and I would like to thank all those who contributed.
“If a little pub in the remotest parts of Northumberland can achieve this, what would be the result of a concentrated effort of all pubs throughout the North East?
“There are hundreds of pubs, thousands of golfers and a generosity next to none in the North East – I firmly believe that there has to be something said for a concentrated effort through something like CAMRA or North East Cheers whereby charities can benefit from golfers throughout our region.”