Where it all began

Main group picture: Standing (L to R) David Moyes, Fred Wright, Dr Malcolm Hall, Wilf McGuinness, Alan Stuttard, Mark Pinney; Seated (L to R) Norman Prince, Sue Thompson, Keith McIntosh

Photo - Inaugaraul dinner

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancers teed off their fundraising with an Inaugural Sporting Dinner for ladies and gentlemen, staged at Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, Chorley on April 15 2002.

Guest speaker at this first official RGAC event was Wilf McGuinness, former player and manager of Manchester United. He was supported by the ever popular, inimitable, long-standing RGAC patron, Norman Prince.

Keith McIntosh, who had founded the support group in 2001, explained: “We thought it would be a good idea to get Golfers for Rosemere going by holding a Sporting dinner to officially launch the group. It would be symbolic, enjoyable and raise some money for the foundation. The dinner was not just for golfers, but for anyone interested in hearing two of the best after dinner speakers in the country – and it’s a great way to start our efforts!”

An auction of sporting memorabilia also took place, including a shirt signed by Ryan Giggs of Manchester United and several golf related items

Dr Malcolm Hall, Chairman of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “The Sporting Dinner has been organised by a group of volunteers with an interest in sport and a special interest in charitable work. We are enormously grateful to them for initiating this new fundraising group.

“The idea of bringing people together to enjoy an event with a sporting theme not only helps to raise the profile of the Foundation, but also raises funds to provide the best care possible for cancer sufferers in this part of the North West.”

Other guests included David Moyes, manager of Everton FC, then in charge of Preston North End, Rev Mark Pinney, Chaplain of the European PGA Mens’ Tour and Sue Thompson from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Since its inaugural dinner in 2002, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer has staged many successful events, raising thousands of pounds for the Foundation along the way.

Charity Golfers top ten

Pic: John Allott (L) captain of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, presents the cheque to Dr Iain Hall of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Photo - Presentation of cheque

A LOCAL group of golfers celebrated the start of their tenth year of fundraising by handing over a cheque for £10,000 to their favourite charity.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer raise money annually to support the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Once again, they have staged events through the year and their Captain, John Allott of Leyland Golf Club, was delighted to present the cheque at the recent Rosemere Supporters' Christmas party, held at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC.

He said: "We have a fantastic group of supporters which is growing year on year. We work hard and play hard, have a lot of fun but we are always focused on the importance of raising much needed funds for this vital cause."

RGAC hold events at clubs across the North West, including Leyland, Morecambe, Oak Royal (Chorley), Stoneyhurst and the Fylde.

Dr Iain Hall, a member of the Rosemere Management Committee and President of RGAC, received the cheque on behalf of the charity.

He said: "I am thrilled to be involved with this group of dedicated people. This is an impressive sum of money which will be put to good use by the Foundation."

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer was founded in 2001 by Leyland golfer Keith McIntosh, who wanted to combine his love of the sport with support for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The group also includes European Tour professional Paul Eales and former BBC presenter and ex-frontman of the Houghton Weavers, Norman Prince, as patrons.

Over 10 years, through a regular programme of events, RGAC has raised thousands of much-needed pounds for the charity.

Keith explained: "2011 is a significant year for us, as we celebrate 10 years we will be expanding our activities, raising our profile with a website and hopefully, raising more money for the cause."