Meet the naughty fairies at Disley Golf Club, Cheshire, doing their bit in the fight against breast cancer. They've helped the club raise more than £5,200 this year.
October has been Breast Cancer Awareness month, a campaign that aims to drive awareness of breast cancer and raise vital funds to eventually end the disease for good.
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK; each year, around 55,000 women and more than 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 11,000 people will lose their lives because of the disease. That’s almost 1,000 deaths every month. Perhaps the most shocking statistic to read though is that more than 20% of breast cancer cases in the UK could have been prevented. The sooner it is detected, the better the chances are of surviving breast cancer, and that’s what October’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign is all about.
Up and down the country, golf clubs have been doing their bit to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness month: from weird and wonderful competitions to gold-studded gala dinners.
But the women of Disley Golf Club have been particularly busy, raising a total of £5,200 over the course of this year with the help of some naughty fairies! Women & Golf caught up with Lady Captain Ann McCormick to find out more …
You’ve managed to raise a fantastic amount this year for Breast Cancer Awareness, well done! How did you do it?
Thank you, I’m so pleased! My Captaincy year started with the annual drive-in – where my infamous pig wig made its first appearance! – and we managed to raise £84. Then throughout the year, I arranged various activities for the ladies. We held a golf fashion catwalk with “Golfin chix” which raised £500, and I set up a clothing rail where the ladies could recycle their old golf clothes and I sold them for the charity – that proved really successful. We also held raffles, fun days and open days which all contributed. Then we held our pink day in October which raised over £130.
Tell us more about your pink day. We loved the naughty fairies!
The competition was an 18-hole better ball pairs tournament and we played 18 holes dressed as naughty fairies to raise donations for the charity – our pink wigs kept us warm and dry all day! Andy Critchley, our fantastic bar manager, also went into the village pubs dressed in pink and raised £75 all on his own (and had a great night doing so!).
Why was it important to you to choose Breast Cancer Research as your charity this year?
This charity is extremely close to my heart. My Captain's wife, Rose, was one of my best friends, who I met at Disley GC. She sadly lost her life to breast cancer and is still missed by everyone – she is always in our thoughts. Garry and I have had lots of support from the golf club because of Rose and most of the money raised was through the main golf charity event where our pro shop owner, Competitive Edge, donated all the prizes for the day. It was a very emotional day as you can imagine.