Golfers drive for the net

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A group of sporting fundraisers have celebrated their 10th anniversary by going ‘live’ on the internet.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer were founded in 2001 when Leyland golf enthusiast Keith McIntosh determined to combine his love for the game with raising vital funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

A decade on, Keith and the committee have cranked up their successful efforts by launching a website – www.rosemeregolfersagainstcancer.org.uk.

He explained: “It’s a great way to mark our decade of supporting Rosemere. As we increase our efforts with a wider range of events, this will complement the activities. Ten years ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of what we have achieved so far.”

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer organise annual golf days, with regular support from local celebrities, entertainers and sportspeople.

The group’s hard-working patrons include European Tour professional golfer Paul Eales and former BBC presenter and ex-frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, Norman Prince.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation has several support groups which regularly contribute to the cause.

The golfers, though, are the first to have their own dedicated website to assist their activities.

Anne Sweeney, Rosemere Community Fundraising Officer, said: “The website looks great. It enables everyone to see who they are, what they are planning and why.

“Most importantly it is very user-friendly, being so easy to navigate. Rosemere are delighted that the Golfers have taken this on and hope that it will encourage some of our other supporters to follow suit.”

Chorley-based Tony Robinson, a regular supporter of RGAC and a professional entertainer himself, has built the site and is responsible for its ongoing maintenance. He recently gathered committee members for an official launch ceremony at Leyland Golf Club.

Tony said; “It’s a labour of love for me, I enjoy the work and I enjoy being part of this group. We have a lot of fun but the key factor is raising much-needed money for this worthwhile cause, let’s hope the site will help us do more.”