When Shona Hutchison took over the organisation of an annual charity golf day in her sister’s memory, little did she realise how successful it was to become.
This year’s event on Sunday, August 23, will mark the tenth annual Gillian Parsons Memorial Golf Day in aid of Maggie’s Fife.
...it is a very fitting tribute to her (Gillian) as it was her idea to hold a golf day in the first placeShona Hutchison
And 2015 will also be the year that the fundraiser will smash the £50,000 barrier, making it one of the most successful Maggie’s fundraising events.
“I just can’t believe how it has grown,” said a delighted Shona.
“Gillian would have been delighted that it has been so successful, and it is a very fitting tribute to her as it was her idea to hold a golf day in the first place.”
Gillian became involved in fundraising to help build the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy after receiving the all clear from breast cancer.
“She had used the Maggie’s Centre at Edinburgh during her treatment and it helped her a lot and gave her peace when she most needed it, so she wanted others to benefit from one in Fife,” explained Shona.
“She started to get bad headaches and for a while was being treated for migraines, but it turned out to be a brain tumour.
‘‘By the time they realised there was something seriously wrong, she only had weeks to live. She died nine weeks later. It was all a bit of a blur.”
The very first Maggie’s Golf Day in 2006 was organised by Ian Howarth, the uncle of Gillian’s fiance, Ian McKenzie.
Shona took over, with help from family and friends in 2007, and has done it ever since, latterly with the help of David Foster, who has been involved from the outset.
“Everyone has been really dedicated to the cause and many of those taking part sign up from one year to the next. All I do is send out emails and texts to the teams and we already have 20 teams signed up for this year’s event.
“Dunnikier Golf Club gives us the use of the club every year, and it also puts in teams as does the Fife Golf Trust.
“The first year there were about 15 teams, and last year we had 30, so it has doubled in size.
“We are also really well supported by local businesses in the raffle and auction prizes, and every year the Harry Fairbairn BMW garage gives us a prize of a BMW car for a weekend. These are boosted by a ‘Beat the Pro’ competition and other things throughout the day.”
Teams of four pay £180 to take part in the event which includes a bacon roll and coffee on arrival and a two course meal afterwards.
“I feel that this is a lasting legacy to my sister,” said Shona. “People are very loyal and I can’t thank them enough.”
For more information contact Shona on 07736642969.